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High Speed Rail

Alaska Airlines plane takes off from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with Mt. Rainier in the background.
The winter holidays gifted Seattle thousands of cancelled flights, likely affecting over 100,000 travellers. Today, weeks later, people are feeling the impacts as airlines try to work through the backlog. I can relate. I’ve had my fair share of terrible flying experiences, including a trip just last November. These...
Not Just Bikes explores how high-speed rail in Italy killed off an entire airline and tries it out firsthand. Not Just Bikes also explains how Europe plans to increase more intercity passenger rail ridership over air travel.
I want to do an even handed and dutiful reporting job about the 2021 Cascadia Innovation Corridor conference. But I’m in an downtown Vancouver hotel with my second negative Covid test of the week and a television talking about catastrophic flooding that's cut the city off from (checks notes)...
https://youtu.be/M-6e-mJ7hTI City Beautiful looks at where Texas Central’s high-speed rail stations might go and their potential once trains start arriving. Texas Central’s station location approach is generally marked different from cities abroad with high-speed rail.
A photo of a blue and white locomotive on a modern train.
As a regular reader who lives in Downtown Tacoma, I’m always excited to see articles that address the challenges and opportunities in our city. The recent article proposing a Central Tacoma Link Extension (CTLE) to improve transit service into Downtown Tacoma was no different. However, I’d like to present...
A recent poll completed by FM3 Research found that 67% of Washingtonians support connecting the major cities of the Cascadia region with high-speed rail, along with 60% of Oregonians. Only 27% of respondents across the two states expressed opposition to building high-speed rail, and residents of British Columbia were...
An Amtrak Cascades trainset with Talgo equipment and Siemens Charger locomotive. (Amtrak Cascades)
Amidst the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, interest in passenger rail has increased markedly across the United States. With an enthusiastically pro-rail federal administration now in power, talk of our nation’s “second great railroading revolution” has begun among advocates and transit blogs from coast to coast. But is this...
Joe Biden in a blue collar behind a lectern with Biden for President on it.
President Joe Biden released his much anticipated $2.25 trillion dollar jobs and infrastructure plan today. Republican congressional leaders were quick to brand it as an overly large grab bag of progressive priorities, saying that like it was a bad thing. The breath of investments is a strength, but it...