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A large-scale infrastructure project can create areas of investment, boost employment, and increase connections for millions of people. It’s an exceptional jump-start for the post-COVID economy.
While North America rebuilds itself from the economic setback of the pandemic, we must look to the recovery option that will create jobs and result in the most sustainable economic growth: high speed rail.
The emissions reductions resulting from the pandemic is a preview of a more mindful, ecological urban environment, less congestion, and potentially better air quality. A high speed rail system for Cascadia could give us all of these benefits and more.
Seattle published a feasibility study to put a lid above I-5 to reconnect Downtown and First Hill, two neighborhoods divided by the freeway. It would add both housing and a park above the freeway trench, but it should also incorporate high speed rail.
Our region has an opportunity to be a leader in building North American high speed rail, and the time to act is upon us.
Business and governmental leaders from Oregon to British Columbia convened at the Westin in Seattle for the “Connect Cascadia” conference to explore how to foster stronger collaboration in the Cascadia region, with major focus on high-speed rail from Vancouver, B.C. to Portland.
In September 2019, Rail~Volution held their annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Paige Malott, Chair of Cascadia Rail, provided a comprehensive presentation on high-speed rail in the Cascadia Region.
WSDOT released a business case analysis that shows strong economic and environmental benefits for connecting Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, British Columbia by high speed rail.
The Washington state transportation appropriations bill will fund a signature policy priority of Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA) to study what it would take to set up an interstate high-speed rail corridor authority. Up to $895,000 is authorized for the effort.
State legislators received a briefing this week on the Washington-led effort to study and plan high-speed rail in the Cascadia Megregion, stretching from Vancouver, British Columbia to Portland, Oregon. Early survey results suggest that there is public interest in a high-speed rail system, with 74% of respondents stating they would “definitely try” high-speed rail.
Democrats in the Washington State Legislature introduced Governor Jay Inslee’s (D-WA) legislation for new transportation funding that would support creation of a high-speed rail authority. The legislation would provide up to $3.25 million in biennial appropriations through 2021 to establish the authority in partnership with the State of Oregon and Province of British Columbia.
Governor Inslee praised funding authorization for the study and expressed optimism about high-speed rail. “We are pleased to have secured $750,000 in state funds, and another $450,000 in appropriation authority for private and local funding to conduct a business case analysis of a new ultra high-speed corridor connecting Seattle and Vancouver, BC with potential stops in Portland and beyond,” he said.
Premier John Horgan (BC NDP-British Columbia), the progressive leader of the province, stood side-by-side with Governor Inslee to announce $300,000 Canadian in provincial funding for the regional high-speed rail business case study.
Contact legislators on the Senate Transportation committee to urge them to fund the WSDOT business case study for high speed rail.
Density and a competitive, green alternative to air travel: just some of the benefits from the preliminary study of economic impact, which suggests urban agglomeration effects would more than pay for high-speed rail’s sizable upfront price tag.
A new organization of advocates has launched to support bringing high speed rail to the Pacific Northwest.