To the Editor: After reading Mr. Dick Lemieux’s letter of July 23, I feel compelled to offer a rebuttal.
He cites the example of the “Champlain Flyer” for us to consider. This particular train was funded with a limited budget in a state that has but 1/2 the population of New Hampshire. Furthermore, the train’s locomotive was a product of the 1970s, hardly the last word in technology and environmental standards.
Today, we have modern hybrid locomotives from General Electric and other manufacturers that have greatly reduced emissions. The passenger trains operating on the Northeast Corridor (Boston to Washington, D.C.) are entirely electric powered.
For Mr. Lemieux to suggest that it is better for the environment that we commute in our inefficient cars rather than in trains is absolutely absurd. There are no more than 25,000 locomotives operating on America’s rail system against millions of cars on our highways.
Do the math. Responsible planners have chosen rail time and again for mass transit.
PAUL G. LESSARD
Oakland Avenue, Manchester