Reducing Congestion and Pollution

Clinton Rodriguez

The Arlanda Express is speeding down the tracks toward Stockholm at 120 miles an hour. Green fields and trees become a blur. Downtown is 26 miles away and the train will pull into the station in about 20 minutes.

Inside, travelers casually lounge in futuristic-looking chairs, chatting and comfortably going about their business.

The express, which was inaugurated in 1999 to link Stockholm Arlanda Airport and the city, is just one example of Sweden’s  commitment to the environment, reducing highway congestion and pollution. It provides one of the world’s most comfortable commuting experiences.

In 1994 the Arlanda Link Consortium began creating the Arlanda Express Railway.  Unlike most trains in the United States, the Arlanda Express is a bullet train with a yellow cone that makes the train look like a rocket. It uses  clean energy for power.

The train’s interior was designed by the tennis champion Bjorn Borg, who has a designer clothing and accessory business in Sweden.

The train has 190 seats and each car is as spotless as the next one.  Anyone in New York who uses the Metro-North commuter train  sees buildings covered with graffiti and dark tunnels. But the Arlanda Express’s huge bay windows offer sweeping views of lush fields and dense forests. Other amenities include bar seating and  lounge areas designed to foster conversation. The train has reduced the number of cars and trucks making the trip to the airport. That has reduced pollution and helped solidify Stockholm’s place as one of  the greenest capital cities in Europe. #



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