Saturday Open Thread
I’m up in Seattle for the coming week, but should be able to maintain the usual rate of daily posts – especially with what should be a very interesting CHSRA board meeting on Thursday.
It’s not just California that is well-positioned for high speed rail. The Pacific Northwest rail corridor is suited to 220 mph HSR. The Amtrak Cascades were packed today – so much so that an extra train was added using older (but refurbished) Amfleet cars instead of the oh-so-comfortable Talgo trainsets. Because the Cascades route serves the main population centers of the Pacific Northwest, true high speed rail would be very popular and useful, providing service that is much speedier than driving along the I-5 corridor. The current plan involves improving the corridor speeds to 110 mph, which isn’t a bad idea, but is also less ambitious than the region deserves.
Hopefully HSR supporters here can push their state governments to propose true HSR – which could connect Seattle to Vancouver BC or Portland in under an hour – and get the project off the ground.