High Speed Rail

What Cascadia High-Speed Rail Efforts Can Learn from California

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On May 21st, Governor Jay Inslee passed but partially vetoed ESHB 1160. The approved provisions of ESHB 1160 appropriates funds to the Washington State...

Cascadia High-Speed Rail: Climate Implications Makes Business Case Even Stronger

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On Monday, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) released a Ultra-High Speed Ground Transportation Business Case Analysis that shows considerable upside for connecting...

Wonkabout Washington: Designing High-Speed Rail for Equity and Regulating King County Wineries

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Futurewise is pushing the advisory group to use an equity lens in high-speed rail planning. As The Urbanist recently reported, Washington state is moving forward...
The Tōkaidō Shinkansen high-speed line in Japan, with Mount Fuji in the background. The Tokaido Shinkansen was the world's first high-speed rail line. (Wikipedia / tansaisuketti)

Transportation Appropriations Bill Kickstarts Cascadia High-Speed Rail Authority

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On Sunday, the Washington State Legislature concluded the 2019 legislative session. Many progressive environmental, transportation, land use, and housing bills managed to win approval...

Fix I-5: New Report Highlights Need to Update an Aging Interstate

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"Doing nothing is not an option," the I-5 System Partnership said in its Call to Action draft report. The report advocates for updating the...
Virgin Trains East Coast Azuma Class 800 at Hampstead Heath station in London. (Wikipedia / Spsmiler)

State Senate Moves to Launch High-Speed Rail Authority as House Penny Pinches

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On Thursday, the Washington State Senate Transportation Committee passed its version (Senate Bill 5214) of a two-year statewide transportation funding appropriations bill. The bill...
A CR400AF high-speed rail train in China. (Wikipedia / N509FZ)

Washington House Democrats Propose Funding To Study High-Speed Rail, Other Critical Transportation Issues

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In the latest transportation budget proposal, Washington House Democrats have kept some funding to lay the groundwork for an interstate high-speed rail corridor authority....
The Tōkaidō Shinkansen high-speed line in Japan, with Mount Fuji in the background. The Tokaido Shinkansen was the world's first high-speed rail line. (Wikipedia / tansaisuketti)

Inslee Administration Pushes High-Speed Rail Forward

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State legislators received a briefing this week on the Washington-led effort to study and plan high-speed rail in the Cascadia Megregion, stretching from Vancouver,...