Cascadia Rail is a new organization of advocates spanning from Vancouver, Bellingham, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, and Portland who support multi-state efforts to connect the Cascadia region through high-speed intercity transport.
This is why we believe in it:
- It’s good for workers and quality of life. Short commutes are more than a luxury; they’re critical for reduction in income inequality. High-speed rail can reduce a 1½-2 hour commute to 15 -30 minutes. That’s extra time each day you can spend with your family or on your favorite activity.
- It’s good for business. The world economy is driven by global cities. Home to thirteen Fortune 500 companies, the Cascadia Innovation Corridor is expanding in-demand jobs, which can be made accessible by reducing the effective distance between our cities.
- It’s good for tourism. Seattle’s 39 million, Vancouver, BC’s 9 million, and Portland’s 9 million annual metro-area visitors spend $4 to $7 billion per metropolitan area and generates an abundance of local tax revenue. Fast, easy connections help more people see more places including wine country, Spokane, and all the iconic small towns in between.
- It’s good for economic development. Disproportionate economic growth is occurring in our largest cities. By making fast, convenient, and reliable connections between more places, all of our cities become increasingly attractive for commercial and residential urban growth.
- It keeps our great places great. Cascadia is an amazing place. We should experience more of it while spoiling it less with long car trips and congested roads.