High-Speed Rail Could Take Off in the US
President Biden, along with other high-speed rail advocates in the US, has bemoaned how far behind the US is in the world of high-speed rail. After all, in the past 14 years, China has built approximately 22,000 miles of high-speed rail – and could reach as many as 40,000 miles of high-speed rail by 2028!
If high-speed rail advocates in the US have their way, though, we won’t be left behind for long. Biden has vowed to make sure the US has “has the cleanest, safest, and fastest rail system in the world” – and he has taken steps to ensure that the plan is underway. After dedicating $80 billion of his infrastructure proposal towards improving rail systems earlier this year, he also returned California their $929 million grant for high-speed rail. Even Texas has hopped on the wagon with plans for a Dallas-to-Houston high-speed rail system that is projected to be completed in 2026.
Is High-Speed Rail Worth It? Economic Benefits of High-Speed Rail
If you’re late to the table, you may wonder just why high-speed rail advocates are so invested in bringing high-speed rail to the US. Is high-speed rail really worth it? The truth is, high-speed rail brings with it many economic and environmental benefits.
In addition to drastically reducing emissions, by offering convenient, fast travel high-speed rail has the potential to revitalize the economy where ever it’s introduced. Traffic congestion in the Pacific Northwest – especially Portland and the surrounding areas – makes it hard just for daily commuters to get to their jobs. High-speed rail would take tens of thousands of people off the road, delivering them to their destinations faster and in higher quantities than is sustainable by our road systems. Such ease of travel would encourage tourism, make it possible for businesses to seek out clients over further distances, and even allow people in the Pacific Northwest to seek out jobs further from home. These are just a few possible benefits of bringing a Portland Seattle high-speed rail system to our area!
Learn More About Cascadia High Speed Rail
If you want to bring high-speed rail to Portland and the surrounding areas, learn more about Cascadia High Speed Rail. We envision a high-speed rail network that would connect Portland to Seattle and Seattle to Vancouver, BC in an unprecedented way.
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Imagine a safe and environmentally responsible high-speed rail system reaching speeds of 250 mph. Vancouver, BC to Seattle in 47 minutes, Seattle to Portland in 58 minutes, and Portland to Eugene in 45 minutes. If you want to learn more about Cascadia High Speed Rail or have any questions, use our contact form.