Europeans have long appreciated the ambiance and convenience of their impressive railway systems, but new impetus has rekindled their passion. Eurostar executives attribute their impressive growth to increasing environmental awareness and companies desire to reduce their negative impact. The number of business travelers alone increased 30 percent over the last two years. This development is definitely worth shouting about and Eurostar wasted no time. While touting their 8.26 million passengers in 2007 the company took a moment to make a prediction. Europe currently boasts 5,000 kilometers of high-speed railway and Eurostar expects that number to double by 2018. Sharing the good news was also an opportunity to mention rival airline transportation and its significantly greater carbon footprint.