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High-Speed Rail in the Cascadia Corridor

Sessions in Vancouver and Portland Advance Cause

Cascadia Center continued its work on high-speed rail during the summer, being among the sponsors of two highly-successful sessions in Vancouver, B.C., and Portland, Ore. What began in earnest with our May 2009 Cascadia Rail Week continues as we work with colleagues throughout the corridor to organize seminars, forums, meetings and field trips to help regional leaders coalesce around a common cause.

“Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson signed a pact with the mayors of Seattle and Portland on June 9 to push to secure a high-speed railway service through the Pacific Northwest…The pact, which follows a similar agreement made last year between the province and Washington state, was arranged as rail and government officials, including a Washington state senator and a number of mayors from cities in that state, gathered in Vancouver to discuss how to advance high-speed rail between B.C., Washington state and Oregon.” Business in Vancouver, 06/15/2010

Information about the June and July events:

Vancouver – June 9, 2010: Here is an article that ties into the event, and click here for a recap of the presentations.

Portland – July 8-9, 2010: The map (above) shows the entire corridor. Click here for a larger version. Also, click here for the America 2050 briefing book for the event.

Cascadia Center

Founded in 1993, as the Cascadia Project, Discovery Institute’s Cascadia Center for Regional Development is an important force in regional transportation and sustainable development issues. Cascadia is known for its involvement in transportation and development issues in the Cascadia Corridor, Puget Sound and in the U.S.-Canadian cross-border realm. We’ve recently added to that mix through a major program to promote U.S. efforts to reduce reliance on foreign oil, including the earliest possible development and integration of flex-fuel, plug-in, hybrid-electric vehicles.