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[LINK] “B.C. supports feasibility study of high-speed rail line from Portland to Vancouver”

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The Globe and Mail‘s Dominika Lirette reports on the support of the British Columbian government for funding a study looking into the feasibility of a high-speed rail route connecting Vancouver with Oregon’s Portland.

British Columbia’s Transportation Minister says the province supports Washington State’s decision to study the feasibility of a high-speed rail line from Portland to Vancouver.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has allotted $1-million (U.S.) from his 2017-19 state budget to examine the costs and benefits of building a system to carry travellers 400 kilometres an hour with stops in Seattle and Bellingham. A report is due in December.

Transportation Minister Todd Stone said it’s “far too premature” to talk about a potential financial commitment to a high-speed rail line, but he said the province is interested in the idea.

“The Premier sent a letter to Governor Inslee recently, extending provincial support for the state of Washington’s decision to actually do some due diligence, some analysis on this proposed high-speed rail link, and we certainly support them doing that,” Mr. Stone said.

He noted that that an agreement signed last year between British Columbia and Washington State, known as the Cascadia Innovation Corridor, highlights transportation as a key priority.

The study will examine the design and cost of a high-speed rail system, the potential demand and whether it would be economically viable. A budget document outlining the study says the high-speed rail system, if built, could connect with east-west routes in the state, as well as a similar system, in California.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 16, 2017 at 9:00 pm

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • Acts of Minor Treason’s Andrew Barton profiles the light rail mass transit system of Oregon’s city of Portland. Promising, the MAX seems to be.
  • blogTo shows its readers where to find abandoned TTC buses and subway cares (near the Wilson Subway Yard in east-end Toronto, it turns out). Photos!
  • Centauri Dreams takes another look at the prospect of Earth-like worlds orbiting post-main sequence white dwarfs. They may be rare, but they may also be easy enough to detect.
  • Daniel Drezner rounds up academic responses to Mitt Romney’s claim that Israeli wealth and Palestinian poverty can be explained by “cultural” differences. Fail, yes.
  • Eastern Approaches takes a look at the Czech heritage of Madeleine Albright in the context of her new biography.
  • Marginal Revolution examines the consequence of the trade-off in Japan to maintain a strong currency to support its graying population at the expense of domestic industries.
  • This Savage Minds post taking a look at the failings of Mark Regnerus’ post on same-sex parenting is worth reading.