Connecting Our Region to a Sustainable Future
The Cascadia region — anchored by the cities of Vancouver, B.C., Seattle and Portland — is a true mega-region: sharing an ecosystem unrivaled in beauty, proximity to Asia and Pacific markets, and world-class innovation in leading economic sectors.
Yet, growth projections for Cascadia are startling. We expect nearly 4 million more people to move to the region by 2050. If we don’t act now to accommodate this growth, our current problems — traffic congestion, housing affordability and increasing climate change — will only get worse.
We need to move fast and embrace big, bold ideas that will prepare us for the continued growth to come. Ultra-high-speed ground transportation (UHSGT) be part of the solution. By literally creating better connections between the anchor cities of Vancouver B.C., Seattle and Portland (and beyond) and the communities in between, we can catalyze innovation, shared prosperity, and job creation, and help the region to sustain its unique quality of life for future generations.
Benefits: Faster Trips, Opportunity, Equity, and Sustainability
Ultra-high-speed ground transportation is a uniquely integrative solution that will:
- Cut travel times dramatically and better connect Vancouver, B.C., Seattle, Portland and the communities in between
- Provide a new travel option to driving on Interstate 5 and connect to local transit
- Address climate change and improve air quality by reducing reliance on car and air travel
- Connect people to good-paying jobs and more affordable housing, making our region more equitable
- Create 200,000 new jobs in the region
Capitalizing on Infrastructure Investment
For more than five years, a broad group of stakeholders and the states of Oregon and Washington, along with the Province of British Columbia, have been collaborating on a vision of ultra-high-speed ground transportation in the Cascadia region. To make that vision a reality, funding from state and federal governments is critical. Other regions of the country are developing high speed rail corridors, and Cascadia has taken the critical first steps, but we need state and federal support now for the United States section.
The U.S. government will be providing billions in infrastructure funding for projects like this. If we act now, we can use federal funding to pay for part of the ultra-high-speed ground transportation project — capturing the Pacific Northwest’s fair share.
Please urge your representatives to support recognition and federal and state funding for the Cascadia Ultra-High-Speed Ground Transportation project as it moves into its next phase.
Tell your state and federal legislators to support recognition and funding for the Cascadia Ultra-High-Speed Ground Transportation project. Click below to make your voice heard today.
- Cascadia Project Fact Sheet (updated 04-28-2022)
- Cascadia Project Frequently Asked Questions
Fast Forward Cascadia
- November 15, 2021 letter to Washington legislators
- August 30, 2021 letter to Oregon’s Congressional delegation
- July 27, 2021 letter to Washington’s Congressional delegation
November 2021 Memorandum of Understanding
- Washington-British Columbia-Oregon MOU on committing to advance activities in support of an ultra-high-speed ground transportation project
Oregon and Washington Survey on High-Speed Rail
Cascadia Innovation Corridor
The transformative ultra-high-speed ground transportation project is a key element of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor initiative, created by multi-stakeholder engagement from the private sector and government as an economic and sustainability priority for the Cascadia region.
Ultra-High-Speed Ground Transportation Studies for Cascadia
The states of Washington and Oregon, along with the Province of British Columbia, and with support from Microsoft and labor unions, have conducted three separate studies on ultra-high-speed ground transportation in the region. These studies looked at the feasibility, ridership projections, economics and funding options for the project. Learn more about how UHSGT might serve as a catalyst to transform the Pacific Northwest.
- Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Ultra High Speed Ground Transportation Study Overview
- 2017 Ultra-High-Speed Ground Transportation Feasibility Study
- 2019 Business Case Analysis: Executive Summary
- 2019 Business Case Analysis: Full Report
- 2020 Cascadia Ultra High Speed Ground Transportation, Framework for the Future: Executive Summary
- 2020 Cascadia Ultra High Speed Ground Transportation, Framework for the Future: Full Report
Fast Forward Cascadia is a coalition of our region’s leading community leaders, transit groups, environmental organizations, transportation engineers, local governments, small and large businesses, labor organizations and urban planners. In July 2021, a letter was sent to the Washington State Congressional Delegation urging action to move the Cascadia ultra-high-speed ground transportation project forward.