"A recent parliamentary inquiry into passenger rail drew 1700 submissions,
suggesting growing support for the return of long-distance trains in Aotearoa.
The government has committed the country to decarbonisation targets that
require significant cuts to transport-related emissions. But decarbonising
long-distance travel is not part of the plan – the national rail operator
KiwiRail remains focused on freight.
We argue the revival of long-distance passenger rail needs to be part
Aotearoa’s strategy to bring emissions down.
The arguments for intercity passenger rail centre on connecting communities,
equity in transport options, reduced emissions and lower energy use."
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics