High-Speed Rail Enthusiasts Are Hopeful for the Future of High-Speed Rail in the US
The United States is undoubtedly far, far behind the rest of the world in high-speed rail. Thanks in no small part to the May 6th House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials meeting, plus the Biden Administration’s support of high-speed rail in the US, high-speed rail advocates in all parts of the country are hopeful for the future. Those advocates are pushing for high-speed rail in the Northeast, the Pacific Northwest, Texas, and Illinois.
Covid, Commuting, and High-Speed Rail
Over the past year, when many worked from home to avoid the spread of Covid, the volume of people traveling and commuting to work decreased dramatically. This decrease in commuting, in turn, led to a decrease in traffic as well as a decrease in the emissions produced by traffic congestion.
Traffic congestion causes not only environmental harm but can limit the economic vitality of a community. Phil Washington, CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro), explains the issues of traffic experienced in Los Angeles:
“Today, in Los Angeles, our economic growth is compromised because access to jobs is sharply constrained, not because individuals do not have the skill sets needed for a job, not because they lack the education. No, they simply cannot get to a job location within a reasonable amount of time.”
Phil Washington and high-speed rail advocates all over the country know the truth – that high-speed rail offers an answer to many issues faced in all parts of the country – environmental concerns, economic vitality, and more. Brittany Quick-Warner and Keith Wilson in Oregon point out how, since the early 1990s, “Portland-area congestion has increased a whopping 252%, with the average resident now spending 89 hours every year in traffic. Meanwhile in the Eugene and Salem areas, time spent in congestion has increased more than 150%.”
This is an issue that will only get worse if alternatives to driving are not supported by the communities.
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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 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.