Amtrak provides intercity passenger rail services to more than 500 destinations in 46 states on a 22,000-mile route system. Amtrak recognizes that greenhouse gas reduction is a multi-dimensional concern, and encourages passengers to take practical steps to reduce carbon emissions where possible. For schedules, fares and information, passengers may call 800-USA-RAIL or visit

Environmental Commitment

Amtrak has partnered with, allowing passengers to offset the carbon emissions footprint generated by their individual rail travel by making a contribution to To offset rail travel, passengers can log onto and choose from one of two affordable options.

Amtrak has also committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 6 percent from 2003-2010 as part of its participation in the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX). The CCX provides a voluntary exchange for trading greenhouse gases (mainly carbon dioxide) using a market-based system. Greenhouse gas credits available for trading by Amtrak are based on diesel fuel use in the 1998-2001 baseline period. Amtrak continues to meet its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing diesel fuel use in locomotives.

"By choosing to travel by rail, Amtrak passengers are already a step ahead because the carbon footprint generated by their trip is smaller than that of most other modes of transportation," said Roy Deitchman, Vice President, Environmental Health & Safety for Amtrak. "Because it is more energy efficient, traveling by rail contributes less per passenger mile to greenhouse gas emissions than either cars or airplanes. Rail travel also helps to reduce highway congestion in major urban centers."

Select an Offset Option

  Cost: $4.50
  Travel offset: 2,500 miles
  CO2 offset: 992 lbs.
  Equivalent to: Two round trips
 from Boston to Washington, DC

  Cost: $10
  Travel offset: 5,500 miles
  CO2 offset: 2,182 lbs.
  Equivalent to: Two round trips
 from Los Angeles to Portland

  Cost: $20
  Travel offset: 11,113 miles
  CO2 offset: 4,409 lbs.
  Equivalent to: Two round trips
 from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles

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