BC backs high-speed rail study that would link to Seattle, Portland

Lloyd Doyle
March 17, 2018

The project poses a threat to waters off the West Coast, which Washington residents view as a treasure, and the state is looking at marine safety laws that would help mitigate the impact of a tanker spill, Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday at a meeting with B.C. Premier John Horgan and officials from OR and California.

A statement from Horgan's office on Friday envisioned a travel time of about 60 minutes between Seattle and Vancouver, Canada, down from the current three hours by automobile. The trains can travel at up to 400 km/h.

"This is an opportunity we shouldn't let pass by", he said. That previous report estimated that a high-speed corridor link could create up to 200,000 jobs for B.C. and US workers, and generate billions of dollars in economic benefits.

Following the leaders' meeting Friday morning, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee was particularly vocal about the need for collaboration, given what he sees as a lack of leadership coming from the White House.

Washington has approved $1.2 million in funding for the rail study. "The early study results show the corridor would help create jobs, generate affordable housing options, ease freeway traffic and clean our air".

British Columbia is preparing a legal reference case to get a court to decide whether the province has the right to restrict the flow of bitumen by rail or pipeline through the province.

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A release from the premier's office says the details will involve a proposed ultra-high-speed corridor service connecting Vancouver with the US northwest.

Governments from western USA states have been meeting with B.C's provincial government for 10 years as part of an initiative called the Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC) - but this year the US governors seem to be putting more value on this cross-border relationship.

"We are examining right now, and I have tasked my administration to scrub and look at, any possible marine safety provisions that we could enact by law", said Inslee.

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