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Cascadia statement on the continuation of second train to Vancouver

For Immediate Release

10/15/2010

Official Statement on the Second Train to Vancouver: Bruce Agnew, director, Cascadia Center for Regional Development

“Cascadia Center supports the Canadian government’s decision to pay the border fee costs needed to keep a second Amtrak Cascades train running between Seattle and Vancouver. This represents an important victory for the region and for passenger rail. We congratulate the following: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who called her Canadian counterpart, Public Safety Minister Toews, to encourage the reversal; Governor Gregoire and B.C. Premier Campbell, who kept their commitment to high-speed rail alive; WSDOT Secretary Paula Hammond, who worked diligently with her counterpart, Transport Minister Shirley Bond, to document the economic and environmental benefits of the train; and, Senator Patty Murray, Congressman Rick Larsen, and all the mayors who signed support letters to Prime Minister Harper. This is a regional victory, and it is fitting that leaders at all levels of government joined together to ensure the continuation of this important transportation service.”

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.