Screen director and producer Rebecca Autumn Sansom’s new film entitled Trainsforming America is an eye opening and thought provoking one that features passenger trains and train travelers in America and Europe.
It compares the lifestyle experiences associated with a trip by train to trips by automobile. Travelers of all ages are interviewed at many of the iconic train stations in England, France, Italy, Spain and Germany. One also catches snippets of conversations with people on board the modern high speed trains that run throughout these countries followed by the comments of American travelers where high speed rail does not currently exist.
Trainsforming America reveals the nuances of purchasing train tickets, the lifestyle conveniences of living near a train station, and the rich, vibrant, life-enhancing, social and cultural interactions experienced while traveling by train. It touches on the origination of “extreme commuting” and traveling in and around Atlanta as an example of transportation in America, and touts the economic benefits to the towns that are connected via train.
Trainsforming America also hints about the future of train transportation plans in the United States and features cameo appearances by forward-thinking VIPs at a recent worldwide conference staged by the US High Speed Rail Association. Trainsforming America sums up many of the issues surrounding transportation including:
- Increased health
- Increased reasons for walking
- Decrease in travel related stress and job strain
- Increased social life
- The impact of pollution intake
- Decrease in obesity
- Long term planning issues
- Population growth
- Climate change
- Iraq and oil dependence
Don’t miss Trainsforming America. We give it two thumbs up!
Emy and Nancy
Authors of Fast Trains: America’s High Speed Future