Is High-Speed Rail Worth It?

Is High-Speed Rail The Solution For Traffic Congestion? 

Is High-Speed Rail Worth It?

High-Speed Rail Plans Are Taking Off 

President Joe Biden earned the nickname “Amtrack Joe” when he regularly commuted by train during his time in congress. His positive experiences commuting by train have doubtlessly informed his support of high-speed rail in this country. Since the announcement of his proposal to maintain and modernize Amtrack, high-speed rail enthusiasts all across the country have been promoting plans for high-speed rail across the states. 

Traffic Congestion Is Getting Worse In The Pacific Northwest 

One of the issues that high-speed rail could address is the issue of traffic congestion in the U.S. Here in the Pacific Northwest, traffic congestion only seems to be getting worse and worse. Just in the Portland area, congestion has increased an incredible 252% since 1993. Even smaller areas, such as Eugene and Salem, have seen an increase of 150% in that same period. 

The simple fact of the matter is that roads alone aren’t enough to meet the needs of those living in the Pacific Northwest. More and more time is spent in traffic every day, making it more and more difficult to travel for work or for pleasure. Peter DeFazio, Congressman of Oregon, has commented that state transportation departments that are focused only on widening roads are “stuck in the Eisenhower era.” DeFazio insists that high-speed rail is “the next logical step in tackling congestion” and plenty of high-speed rail enthusiasts agree with him. After all, just one high-speed tail track could carry as many as 20,000 people per hour at four times the speed of a car.  

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 in an unprecedented way. 

Join Our List to Support Cascadia High Speed Rail 

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

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