Regional High Speed Rail

Help Cascadia catch up with the same quality of transportation as the rest of the world. "Leaving Eugene.... you hit Portland in time for Breakfast, Seattle for Lunch, and Vancouver for Dinner." All in under 3 hours. Vote Cascadia supports a regional high speed and solutionary rail systems to connect the communities together in the Cascadia Megaregion, 17% of the landmass, but more than 80% of the population. Regional high speed is estimated to cost 25-40 billion and be funded by each state and proinvce. To put that in perspective - that is less than voters in Portland, Vancouver and Seattle have elected to spend on expanding their own light rail and bus systems and would have an estimated ridership of more than 6-8 million within it's first two years. Regional high speed rail is the only alternative competitive with short range air travel, for a fraction of the cost and environmental impact. Travelling at upwards of 135-185 mph depending on the mode of transit used, and powered by renewable resources, it would cut a commute of Vancouver BC to Portland to under three hours, while Seattle to Portland would be a bit shorter than an hour and a half - with common commute routes cut to 10-15 minutes, in a net neutral. - rail along the I-5 corridor has the advantage of working along already pre-owned DOT land, further dropping the costs of acquisition. Vote Cascadia also supports the electrification and transition to renewable energy to power pre-existing regional rail infrastructure as a solution to some of our largest transport needs. Could railroads, the oldest form of mechanized mass transportation, be the key to unlocking solutions to some of the greatest challenges of the 21st century? Unique among modes of long-haul transport, rail can be electrified. So, why not power trains with renewable energy? Learn more about Cascadia Rail here: http://www.cascadiarail.org/ Read the WDOT 2017 Study here: https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2018/01/16/ultra-high-speed-ground-transportation-highlights.pdf You can learn about Solutionary Rail here: http://www.solutionaryrail.org/

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