Cascadia High Speed Rail

 

About Cascadia High Speed Rail

CHSR, LLC has developed a plan that is an advanced example of how high speed rail corridors can be designed. Our strategy for the Pacific Northwest CHSR corridor is to plan and build CHSR using private and public investment to fund pre-fabricated/gantry construction methods that are the fastest and most economical means of bringing the USA rail system into the 21st century.   

 

The central segment of the corridor is Seattle to Portland, which can be extended north from Seattle to Vancouver, BC, and south from Portland to Eugene. All three segments have independent utility and are each justifiable in their own right.

 

Background

The Cascadia High Speed Rail (CHSR) Corridor has been recognized as a potential high speed rail corridor since 1992 when it was identified by USDOT Federal Railroad Administration as one of the original five best high speed rail corridors for development. Today the US High Speed Rail Association (USHSR) recommends to President Biden’s infrastructure funding proposal that CHSR be #4 for funding. Approval of our Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) study can help secure federal funding.

 

Mission

Our mission is to design, organize, fund, support and develop a new high speed intercity, commuter and parcel freight rail corridor (CHSR) in the Pacific Northwest. The 460 mile CHSR corridor between Eugene, Oregon and Vancouver, British Columbia is a prime example of a visionary and dynamic transport system. The station hubs are planned with connections to buses, light rail, streetcars, water taxis, autos, bikeways, pedestrians and active transit.

 

Leadership

Brad Perkins is President/CEO of Cascadia High Speed Rail, LLC and has helped design and advocate for this new and exciting transportation system since 2006. He has worked closely with technical rail corridor planning advisor Rudy Niederer to develop a high speed intercity, commuter and parcel freight rail corridor between Vancouver, BC and Eugene, OR. Brad has spent considerable time influencing the direction of the newly-designed high speed rail corridor with local, state and national leaders. Transportation Economic & Management Systems, Inc. (TEMS) has completed financial feasibility and other studies to prove CHSR’s viability. Ankrom Moisan Architects, Inc. has completed development scenarios for station locations.

 

Financing

The CHSR corridor will appeal to multiple users in the I-5 corridor with its population of 8.5 million people. With e-commerce increasing product delivery 15% per year, CHSR projects that parcel delivery companies can help finance the corridor development. The combination of state and private financing can enable a stronger case for federal funding.

Learn more with our background PDF