Friday 2 September 2022

Amtrak at Climate Week NYC

A Modal Shift to Lower Carbon Transport Systems

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Featuring mobility experts from across the United States, Amtrak will host a panel event on the importance of a modal shift in public transportation.

AMTRAK will bring the focus on railways as a long-term, continuous solution to reducing emissions at the 2022 New York Climate Week this month.

The event will highlight the greater energy efficiency of railways over air or car travel, and how shifting people from other modes of transport to trains reduces traffic congestion and delays therefore, decreasing pollution. AMTRAK has noticed a developing trend among customers, who are making more sustainable travel choices (when available), and survey results indicate that Amtrak customers are more likely to switch modes of transportation to help the environment. Yet, using public transport is still not viable for many Americans as half of them have no access to public transport at all, while many find that the public transport options close to them are unsuitable to their daily schedules. So, how can improvements be made and how can regulatory and funding changes help on this track?

Speakers at the event include Amtrak Executive Vice President, Strategy, Planning, and Accessibility, Dennis Newman, who will speak on a panel with the MTA, California DOT, and others on the ways in which Amtrak and public transport bodies can deliver solutions for a faster, more effective modal shift. The panel will be followed by an interactive Q&A with the audience.

This event is wheelchair accessible and an ASL interpreter will be present. Participants can also participate online.

Register now!

Confirmed speakers include Jeanie Ward-Waller from California DOT and Michael Wojnar from MTA.

For further information, please contact Lucie Anderton, Head of the UIC Sustainable Unit at

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