West Coast Leaders Announce Climate Pact, Including Support for HSR
Today the governors of California, Oregon, and Washington, joined by the premier of British Columbia, announced a new Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy today in San Francisco. The plan lays out several steps the four states and provinces agree to take together to reduce carbon emissions and support clean energy. One of them is support for high speed rail:
Continue deployment of high speed rail across the region
Providing high speed passenger rail service is an important part of the solution to expand regional clean transportation, improve quality of life and advance economic growth. The governments of California, British Columbia, Oregon and Washington continue to support the Pacific Coast Collaborative’s Vision for high speed rail in the region, and will continue to seek opportunities to invest in rail infrastructure that moves people quickly, safely, and efficiently, and encourages innovation in rail technology manufactured in the region.
The vision for rail is more aspirational than detailed but it’s still significant that these four leaders still see it as a key element of their approach to reduce carbon emissions. New HSR funding isn’t forthcoming right now from either Ottawa or Washington, D.C. so it’s important that the West Coast still intends to move ahead with it.