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In the past we've blogged about California's high speed rail proposal and wondered what it would take to get a Portland (or even Salem or Eugene)-to-Vancouver, BC line in the Northwest. The federal stimulus package contained $8 billion for high speed rail throughout the nation and now rail advocates are getting excited.
One group in the Northwest, Cascadia Prospectus, has been pushing for greater rail development since 1993. They have a good article on the Northwest line's needs and how we can transform Amtrak's Cascade service into something closer to the high speed rail being proposed for California.