The Cascadia Center

Rail research reports released

-Advisory- (Seattle, Wash.) — The Cascadia Center for Regional Development has released three rail reports it completed for WCOG (Whatcom Council of Governments). The three reports — one each covering DMU (Diesel Multiple Units), Freight and Passenger rail —assess important considerations for the future of rail in the region. The reports can be downloaded at the links below. Questions should Read More ›

The Cascadia Conundrum: Balkanized Transportation

This article, published by Crosscut, discusses Discovery Institute’s Cascadia Center: The Cascadia Center has been affiliated with the Discovery Institute, known for its advocacy of “intelligent design.” Cascadia has balanced Discovery’s charter because its expertise is “unintelligent design,” namely regional transportation. Everyone agrees those problems are man-made. The rest of the article can be found here.

Can’t call the Highway 99 tunnel “world-record” anymore

A future four-lane Highway 99 tunnel under downtown Seattle can no longer be crowned the widest single-bore tube on earth. Russia has signed a deal for a 63-foot tunnel boring machine, according to an announcement by German supplier Herrenknecht. The Seattle machine, by Hitachi-Zosen of Japan, is to be 58 feet across when it launches from Sodo in 2013. Both Read More ›

Cascadia statement on permanent fee waiver for second train

For Immediate Release 08/17/2011 Official statement on the permanent waiver to continue second train to Vancouver: Bruce Agnew, director, Cascadia Center for Regional Development  “It’s noteworthy that the announcement was made after a  meeting between Minister Toews and Secretary Napolitano. Special thanks to Paula Hammond and the WSDOT rail staff who raised the issue with the Governor who in turn Read More ›

Cherry Point cargo terminal could help fund rail upgrades, planners say

This article, published by The Bellingham Herald, quotes Discovery Institute Fellow Bruce Agnew: Bruce Agnew, director of the Cascadia Center for Regional Development, expressed similar views at the meeting. … “From Seattle to Blaine, let’s get our act together,” Agnew said. “It could be our opportunity to invest in the rail corridor.” The rest of the article can be found Read More ›

The Big Bore and the Big War

This article, published by Crosscut, mentions Discovery Institute Fellow Bruce Agnew: In making this case, key players were Tayloe Washburn of the Chamber of Commerce, Dave Freiboth of the Labor Council, Ivar’s CEO Bob Donegan, and Bruce Agnew of the Discovery Institute, which had hatched the deep-bore idea. The rest of the article can be found here.

High-speed rail in the Northwest

Washington state's Legislative Committee on Economic Development and International Relations held a hearing in Seattle to examine the future of high-speed rail in the state of Washington as well as the Northwest. Cascadia Center's testimony, done jointly with All Aboard Washington, can be watched in the clip above. Video of the entire hearing can be found at TVW.

Last year's Connecting Cascadia workshop in Portland, Ore., spent two days examining how high-speed rail can be implemented in the Cascadia Megaregion. The workshop report provides a great overview of the conference and the issue in general.

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Forum seeks options for increasing commuter rail service in county

This article, published by HeraldNet, mentions Discovery Institute’s Cascadia Center: The Cascadia Center and TMJ Group are studying the feasibility augmenting Amtrak service between Everett and Bellingham with two trips daily using self-propelled diesel multiple unit cars. The rest of the article can be found here.