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Rail is safest, cleanest transportation mode in Canada, railway association survey says

An majority of Canadians believe the country's highways would be safer and environment, cleaner, if Canada's transportation system relied more on freight and passenger rail, according to the results of a survey of 1,500 adults commissioned by the Railway Association of Canada (RAC).

About 90 percent of the respondents said rail is the safest and most environmentally friendly mode, and 72 percent said freight trains are best for society. A majority of the respondents also believed intercity passenger and commuter-rail services are top transit options to reduce environmental impacts, improve public safety and enhance benefits to society.

More than 90 percent of the respondents said the government should invest in maintaining, upgrading and expanding rail infrastructure, and would support transportation policies and financial incentives to encourage greater use of rail.

"The massive number of passengers on the highways is amplified by the large number of heavy trucks, [and] Canadians believe increased use of rail is a valuable solution to this problem," said Bruce Burrows, acting RAC president and chief executive officer, in a prepared statement.

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