GeekWire: Seattle to Vancouver in 57 minutes? Political leaders push cross-border high-speed rail

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Plenty of barriers have kept Seattle and Vancouver from becoming a single, connected region. Chief among them, the international border and the numerous traffic jams that travelers inevitably encounter on a journey between the two cities.

One solution to that: high-speed rail. As part of the Emerging Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference in Vancouver B.C. Tuesday, political leaders from both sides of the border pitched an idea to build trains that would travel between Seattle and Vancouver in less than an hour.

Though a fully-baked plan was not proposed, King County Executive Dow Constantine and former Member of the Legislative Assembly Kevin Falcon argued the idea is less of a fantasy than most would think. This isn’t the first time such a plan has been discussed. High-speed rail connects disparate regions all over the world. Why not build it between Seattle and Vancouver?


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