The Dallas Morning News

Agencies encourage switch from air to rail

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BERLIN — Germany’s airline industry and main rail company said Thursday they aim to encourage more people to switch from planes to trains for domestic routes, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The German Aviation Associatio­n and Deutsche Bahn signed an agreement to offer more high-speed rail connection­s on routes currently served by short-haul flights.

The two sides said they expect more than 20% of plane passengers, or about 4.3 million people a year, could choose to travel by train instead. This could cut a sixth of the carbon dioxide emissions generated by domestic air travel, they said.

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