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High Speed Rail in the Northwest


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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.


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Jeff Schumacher

March 12, 2009 at 9:17 AM

High speed rail in the Pacific Northwest from Vancouver BC to Oregon ?

Is their a Northwest High Speed Rail Association to encourage government to build such a project ?

USA President Obama appears to be really supportive of High Speed rail.

Now may be a great time for government discussion and cooperation to enchance infrastructure within the Northwest.

Please feel free to view the following links:

Midwest High Speed Rail Association

California High Speed Rail

Wikipedia High Speed Rail in USA

High Speed Rail in the Northwest ?



March 16, 2009 at 5:02 PM

I am all for high speed rail! I travel to Seattle often, and the main downside is that it takes 4 hours.



March 16, 2009 at 9:38 PM

We need high speed light rail in the NW. Our streets and highways area clogged with individuals driving along in small and large vehicles.


Simon Jaworsky

September 15, 2017 at 11:52 PM

The North West Highspeed rail project needs to be expanded and improved in order to tackle the comgestion on the highways. High speed rail would be as fast as flying and faster than driving at a fraction of the cost. It has worked safely in Japan for decades at the same time saving their environment.

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