Biden Administration Hopeful for Future of High-Speed Rail in the US
The Biden Administration has big plans in store for high-speed rail in America. Biden’s American Jobs Plan $2 trillion infrastructure proposal, which includes a budget of $80 billion to revive the dilapidated US. railway systems, could be what brings high-speed rail to Portland and indeed the whole country. High-speed rail in the Pacific Northwest has great potential to reduce congestion and lead to more job opportunities and economic revitalization for our communities.
Playing Catch-up with the Rest of the World
While current U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has expressed his hopes to see the United States “leading the world when it comes to access to high-speed rail,” the U.S. has some catching up to do before that vision can become a reality. It’s possible, however, that catching up could happen quicker than you might think.
After all, at the beginning of the 21st century, even China had no high-speed railways. Contrast that fact with the size of China’s network of high-speed railways today – by far the world’s largest. This incredible high-speed railway network spans no less than 37,900 kilometers (about 23,500 miles) across the cast country, completely transforming intercity travel for its citizens.
Railway History and Railway Future
While one might argue that railway history is repeating itself, it is undeniable that the landscape of railway development has changed drastically since the railway boom of the 19th and 20th centuries. The interest in high-speed rail today is undoubtedly sparked by similar reasons that encouraged the building of railways in the 19th and 20th centuries. Railways connect communities and make everyday life and travel more convenient. The building of those railways took decades, however, while China has accomplished building incredible high-speed railways in just a few years. With the right planning and dedication, there should be no reason that America cannot accomplish this same task.
The Biden Administration’s Proposal Could Impact Regional High-Speed Rail Projects
The developments that occur due to the Biden Administration’s American Jobs Plan could have a major impact on local and regional projects who are already dedicated to connecting communities across the Pacific Northwest, from Portland to Vancouver, BC, and beyond. However, as Rep. Marie Newman, (D-Ill)., said, “…we have to start coming together and thinking about how we get this done, and not why it should or shouldn’t be done. It’s clear it needs to be done.”
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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.