Meet the Team
Cascadia High Speed Rail, LLC is led by a team of professionals experienced in design, planning, engineering, and real estate. Our purpose is to design, promote and develop a new corridor and station locations to advance high-speed rail in the Northwest of the United States.
Brad Perkins | President/CEO
Bradley C. Perkins: President/CEO of Cascadia High Speed Rail Company and a United States High Speed Rail Board Member, Perkins has owned and operated Perkins Realty, a residential and commercial real estate company, since 2004. Perkins Realty has been the catalyst in amassing multiple properties for the Hollywood Library, New Seasons Headquarters, and Madrona Studios in Portland.
Perkins has helped design and advocate for this new and exciting transportation system since 2008. He has worked closely with a technical rail planning expert, Rudy Niederer, to develop a high-speed intercity and commuter rail system between Vancouver, BC, and Eugene, Oregon. Brad has spent considerable time influencing the direction of the newly-designed high-speed rail corridor with local, state, and national leaders and officials.
Perkins has a long career owning and managing the design, building relocation, and restoration of more than 30 historic properties. He was a catalyst in saving significant buildings such as the Springfield Depot in Springfield, Oregon, the C.W. Calkins House in Eugene, Oregon, the United Presbyterian Church in Shedd, Oregon, the Simon Benson House, and the William S. Ladd House in Portland. Brad has a record of outstanding community and civic involvement. He founded the Hollywood District Development Corporation, the Sullivan’s Gulch Trail Committee, the Peace Memorial Park Foundation, the Irvington and World Trade Center Farmers Markets.
Perkins graduated from the University, State of Oregon School of Architecture with a B.A. degree in 1975. He was born in Portland in 1951 and has lived in Eugene or Portland ever since. He has traveled the world extensively, studying diverse urban planning, architecture, and transportation systems.
Rudy Niederer Technical Planner and Designer
Rudy Niederer completed the concept plan for Cascadia High Speed Rail’s commuter and inter-city rail corridor system and station locations between Vancouver, BC, and Eugene, OR. Niederer has planned the 404-mile corridor, underpasses, flyovers, and tunnels to avoid all grade crossings and effectively connect CHSR with all other transportation systems at the station and platform stops.
Niederer also designed the light rail concept plan for Honolulu, HI known as Honolulu Area Rapid Transit (HART) connecting downtown to the airport and built it according to Rudy’s corridor plans. While in Hawaii, Niederer also owned and managed a health food store. Niederer worked 18 years for Custodis Cottrell Company, an industrial chimney company based in Chicago, IL. He acted as crew supervisor, traveling throughout the United States to troubleshoot, construct and rehabilitate massive industrial chimneys.
Niederer, born and educated in Switzerland, moved to the United States in 1964 to gain US citizenship. In retirement, Niederer continues to innovate, invent and design solutions to complicated engineering and construction challenges. Niederer has invested more than a decade to layout and determine the best corridor for Cascadia High Speed Rail. He is currently working on corridors in eastern Washington and Eugene to Sacramento, CA. The most recent HSR corridor work layouts are from San Francisco to San Jose; San Jose to Fremont and Lathrop; San Francisco to Redwood City, Fremont, and Lathrop; Sacramento, to Stockton and Lathrop. The Redding to Sacramento corridor has been planned.
This website embraces, educates, enlightens, empathizes, encourages, and empowers the citizenry to achieve such a mega undertaking.
Ankrom Moisan Architects
Ankrom Moisan Architects creates places where people and communities thrive, with a particular emphasis on enhancing livability in the urban environment. Much of their work is mixed-use, mid and high rise residential projects with street level retail. They understand that public transportation, like the Portland Streetcar system, is symbiotic with a vibrant combination of uses and density. They work closely with clients to foster easy access to bus and rail stops whenever possible.
Because of AMA’s involvement in Portland’s urban renaissance, they have the opportunity to complete many projects in other cities in the U.S., as well as make international connections with architects, educators, planners, developers, and senior living entities in China, England, Mexico, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, and Germany. Their success includes the design of North American headquarters for both Vestas and Daimler corporations.
They are enthusiastically supportive of the Cascadia High Speed Rail Comoany initiative. They believe it could greatly benefit sustainability initiatives, urban revitalization, and connections between cities and people. Michael Great has designed the Portland Rose Quarter Transportation Hub and the development plan.