The Re-Emergence of Commuter Railway Is Discussed in a New "Leading Edge" Segment With Host Jimmy Johnson

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The revitalization of this economic and environmentally friendly form of travel is gathering steam.

The commuter railway has been around since the mid-1900s and earlier in some areas of the country. New York, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco, and many other cities offer a commuter rail to help people get from Point A to Point B.

Within the past 20 years, the popularity of these rails has diminished. More people drive cars and that leads to more pollution with the air. As climate changes are featured in the news, people are learning that air pollution can be reduced by using the commuter rails.

Now, in cities where commuter rails have stopped running or have never been present, they are emerging. They are being used by people who want to make an impact on the environment and reduce their gas expenses.

Leading Edge, a TV series for public television, is hosted by Jimmy Johnson. Johnson covers topics ranging from education to politics to technology. In an upcoming segment, the series will cover the re-emergency of the commuter rail. In the segment, the Leading Edge team will speak of the history of these railways within the United States as well as how and why they are emerging.

Johnson takes an entertaining approach to the topic, and the segment will feature interviews with leading experts to provide more insight.

Leading Edge is not distributed through PBS but is distributed to Public Television stations around the U.S. More information can be obtained by emailing producers at info(at)leadingedgeseries(dot)com or visiting the website at

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