BC Invests $300K To Make High-Speed Rail To Vancouver, Seattle, And Portland A Reality

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Premier John Horgan, alongside the governor of Washington, Jay Inslee, announced that BC is investing $300,000 to a business case study that Washington State has commissioned. It’ll examine the feasibility of a high-speed rail connection between Seattle and Vancouver.

They were speaking in Vancouver when the announcement was made.

Indeed, with speeds of up to 400 kilometres per hour, the train will offer an extremely efficient means of transportation along the west coast.

Earlier on, Premier John Horgan voiced his concerns about the project.

“If we’re going to have high-speed rail, we’re going to need to have border checks, customs activity, done along the way,” he said. “If we stop for an extended period of time at the border, we’re defeating the purpose.”

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High-Speed Rail Cost

While there still isn’t a definitive answer, a study was conducted to determine roughly how much it would cost to finance the project. The study was conducted over five months, with Washington state covering $300,000 of the cost associated with research. Microsoft covered the remaining $50,000 for the study.

In total, it concludes that the project could cost anywhere between $24 billion to $42 billion U.S.

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