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Unformatted text preview: network.60 Chicago is the nation’s largest freight rail hub —40 percent of the nation’s freight passes through Chicago at some point in its voyage—but also the nation’s most congested rail hub, with freight trains sometimes requiring two days to pass through the city.61 Relieving that extreme congestion with track improvements will offer serious environmental and economic benefits. Improving our transportation infrastructure is key to the environment BAF, 2011 (“Falling Apart and Falling Behind”; FAS) pg.13 (Our transportation system has also not adapted to the energy realities of the 21st century . Air pollution and carbon emissions—the majority of which in the United States are generated by transportation—threaten the environment. Reliance on foreign oil has imperiled our national security. And fluctuating gas prices are making Americans’ car-dependent lifestyles simply unaffordable. We are increasingly aware that for all these reasons a trans-portation system largely run on gasoline is environme...
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