Eastside commuter rail

Consortium On Verge Of Owning Eastside Railway Land

This article, published by The Seattle Times, quotes Discovery Institute Fellow Bruce Agnew: “I think these other governments stepping up to share the cost is a great, remarkable development. I was concerned that if we didn’t get the deal closed by the end of this year, BNSF might say enough is enough. It’s very timely — an early Christmas gift,” Read More ›

Snohomish Leaders Spent A Day In San Francisco

This article, published by The Snohomish Times, mentions the Cascadia Center of Discovery Institute: The Cascadia Center for Regional Development sponsored the tour to provide Puget Sound leaders an opportunity to meet with Northern California counterparts involved in the development of the Sonoma Marin Rail Transit (SMART) system that voters in that area approved for tax-supported funding in 2008. The Read More ›

Light Rail Rolls, And Commuter Rail Percolates

This article, published by The Seattle Times, mentions the Cascadia Center of Discovery Institute: In late May, the Discovery Institute’s Cascadia Center hosted state and federal lawmakers, mayors, and state and local transportation officials at meetings in Portland and Seattle to learn more about high-speed rail from Oregon’s Willamette Valley to the Canadian border. The rest of the article can Read More ›

Eastside Rail Cost Estimates Inflated, Cascadia Tells Radio Listeners

On evening drive time Wednesday Nov. 19 and morning drive Thursday Nov. 20, Cascadia Center Director Bruce Agnew was featured in a news segment on a new cost estimate for a proposed 42-mile Eastside commuter rail corridor in metro Puget Sound. Soundbite one can be found here. Soundbite two can be found here.

Eastside Passenger Railway Would Cost $1 Billion

The new cost estimate for commuter-rail service was higher than some commuter-rail advocates claim, but one of those advocates, Cascadia Center of Discovery Institute representative Tom Jones, said the billion-dollar price tag would still be "quite literally a bargain." "This corridor can be developed for about one-third to one-half of the estimated $1.23 billion," Jones said. "Cascadia continues to believe that the corridor can be built for millions and (in) years, rather than billions and decades." Read More ›

Snohomish County Gives Commuter Train Rights To Railway

This article, published by The Seattle Times, quotes Discovery Institute Fellow Bruce Agnew: “I’m interpreting this deal as a public sentiment that we really want to have commuter rail for our citizens, not necessarily an endorsement that Tom Payne and his railroad are the best operator. We need an open process and a public competition,” said Cascadia Center Executive Director Read More ›

Port OKs Eastside Trail Deal

This article, published by Seattle PI, mentions Discovery Institute: The agency is beginning to examine whether commuter rail would work along the corridor in a $340,000 study — due by February — funded by the Legislature, Sound Transit and private funds raised by the Discovery Institute. The rest of the article can be found here.