“Amtrak Joe” Wants to Bring High-Speed Rail to America
It’s no secret that President Biden’s support of bringing high-speed rail to America is born partially of his own commuting experience. During his time as a senator, President Biden commuted daily from Wilmington, Delaware, to Washington, DC. His experience using the train to commute to work has given him an understanding unlike any previous president about the functionality and practicality of rail. Even as vice president, he was a huge proponent of high-speed rail in the US. Now, he has more opportunity than ever to highlight the potential that high-speed rail brings.
High-Speed Rail Could Bring US Transportation into the Current Century
While there are some detractors, high-speed railway advocates remain hopeful for the future of high-speed rail in America. During the May 6th hearing before the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials, Subcommittee Chair Donald Payne, Jr. (D-N.J.) expressed his enthusiasm for the potential of American high-speed railways. “Thanks to the bold vision of President Biden, we stand at the crossroads of a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the nation’s passenger-rail network and bring it into the 21st century.”
High-Speed Rail Could Play a Significant Role in Reducing Traffic Congestion
Traffic congestion is a major problem in many areas of the US. In fact, in the Portland Metro area alone, congestion has increased 252% since 1993. While the COVID-19 pandemic has seen a decrease in traffic congestion, it will likely return to pre-pandemic heights as people return to working in-office and in-school learning. The promise of decreased traffic congestion alone is enough to spur Portland area locals to encourage the government to invest more in Portland high-speed railways.
High-Speed Rail Could Benefit Both the Environment and Traveler Safety
By providing an alternative to driving, high-speed rail can play a significant role in reducing transportation emissions. Additionally, it’s arguable that high-speed rail is a safer option than driving. Japan’s high-speed rail network, the world’s first, has carried passengers for over 50 years without a single fatality. As many as 40,000 Americans die in auto accidents every year.
High-Speed Rail Could Connect Pacific Northwest Like Never Before
A high-speed railway could easily connect Portland to Seattle and Seattle to Vancouver like never before. Imagine traveling on a high-speed rail from Portland to Seattle in less than an hour! High-speed rail in the US would truly offer more freedom to the American people in both their professional and personal lives. Traveling to see family or for fun would be much easier, as would commuting to far-off places for work.
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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.