High Speed Rail to Seattle
From waterfront station tunnel underground to YVR then the line would follow parallel to highway 99 and then follow the I-5. Traveling an average speed of 250 km/hr you could reach YVR in 3 min at 4.10$, the border in 14 min, Bellingham in 23 min at 29.00$, Everett in 46 min at 58.00$ and finally Seattle in 57 min at 71.63$..... Imagine the possibilities of being able to travel to from downtown Vancouver to Downtown Seattle in just under an hour. Not only would this create green jobs, improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but it would also show Vancouver leading the green revolution.
This idea is not included in the Draft Greenest City Action Plan, but it is supported in principle. Convened a high speed rail summit in July 2010 to discuss this proposal
It would be great if it can be done. However, there are many other aspects that need to be considered for a project like this other than Green (e.g. political, social, security.....issues between two countries.)
Paul @ City of Vancouver commented
The city is very supportive of faster, more frequent, and more reliable inter-regional train service. However, implementation is challenging, since it requires the support and coordination of multiple agencies and levels of government on both sides of the border.
While bullet train-type service may not be feasible given the corridor's curvy nature, there is a lot of room for improvement, and it should be possible to develop a service that competes favourably time-wise to driving.
The recent addition of a second Amtrak train to Seattle has been very successful to date, providing an attractive and more environmentally-friendly long distance commuting option, and generating high ridership in the process. Unfortunately it is under threat of cancellation due to the imposition of $550,000 in annual border inspection fees, despite generating an estimated $11.8 million in economic benefits to the province.
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For high-speed to work, there needs to be established rail. Right now, the Amtrak train running between Seattle runs twice a day, and volumes have been picking up. The 2nd train looks like it may be cancelled due to border charges:
If we can't make a regular train work, high-speed will still be a dream in the future. Lobby your MPs or take a ride on the train.
Also, to be realistic, the geography and existing routes make high speeds very difficult.
I love this idea. However, I'm thinking it would be very costly.
Love it!!! Me and many of my co-workers and friends head down to u.s for business usually once a week. Not only would this train cut the travel time down by 80% but it would also encourage much more business between not only vancouver and seattle but the u.s and canada too.
I think this would be fabulous! It would not only one of Vancouvers Green Capiltal goals but it would cover a couple (Create Green Jobs, Reduce Green House Gas Emissions and Improve Air quality)
This is a must! not only will it create jobs and be a green transportation choice but it will be safer too! Last month driving to seattle I saw 5 accidents! 5!!!!!!! High Speed Rail is one of the safest modes of transport in the world!!
Shawn O'Neill commented
Beautiful idea! It could eventually link to the California high-speed rail system as well, so you could do say, Vancouver to LA with zero emissions!
I don't think starting it downtown is feasible though, starting from YVR and heading south would be great, let the Canada Line service downtown.
Drive More commented
OLD tech, try a 1000 KM/hr high speed rail . China has them things on the drawing board. Vancouver is no leader in high speed rail. There are none anywhere in Canada even.
I support the idea, but have a sense that the price would put it out of the reach of many....It would be interesting to have a study done to determine the price threshold for the average person interested in the trip!