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Table 16. Total CO2 Emissions from Rail by Number of Travelers and Distance Pounds per Trip Distance traveled (miles)

No. of travelers

100

250

500

750

1,000

2,000

2,500

3,000

1

45

114

227

341

454

908

1,135

1,362

2 3

Diesel

91

227

454

681

908

1,816

2,271

2,725

136

341

681

1,022

1,362

2,725

3,406

4,087

4

182

454

908

1,362

1,816

3,633

4,541

5,449

5

227

568

1,135

1,703

2,271

4,541

5,676

6,812

1

37

93

185

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

74

185

371

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

2 3

Electric

111

278

556

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

4

148

371

741

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

5

185

463

927

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1

43

107

215

322

430

860

1,075

1,290

2

86

215

430

645

860

1,720

2,150

2,580

3

Average

129

322

645

967

1,290

2,580

3,224

3,869

4

172

430

860

1,290

1,720

3,439

4,299

5,159

5

215

537

1,075

1,612

2,150

4,299

5,374

6,449

Note: “Average� estimates reflect average use-weighted emissions from diesel and electric rail combined (0.43 pound of CO2 per passenger-mile).

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