On Monday, Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology issued a statement regarding the high-speed rail to Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland.
His statement was in response to the release of the Ultra-High-Speed Ground Transportation Business Case Analysis.
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“This study is part of the necessary good work that’s being done to give us a clearer picture of the feasibility of ultra-high-speed rail service between British Columbia, Washington and Oregon” reads his statement.
“Improving the connectivity in the Pacific Northwest region presents enormous potential for job creation, economic growth and environmental benefits on both sides of the border”.
The findings of the study highlight that travel times between Vancouver and Seattle would be reduced from three hours to one.
High-Speed Rail Project
In March 2018, Premier John Horgan, alongside the governor of Washington, Jay Inslee, announced that BC was investing $300,000 to this business case study that Washington State commissioned.
With speeds of up to 400 kilometres per hour, the train would offer an extremely efficient means of transportation along the west coast.
As for how much the project would cost, it could range anywhere between $24 billion to $42 billion U.S.