How can we reach our 2020
Greenest City Targets?

How can we reach our 2020 Greenest City targets?

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.

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      • joe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

        Click the following links to learn more:

        http://thetyee.ca/News/2009/05/27/RailMyth/

        http://www.geoffmeggs.ca/2010/08/03/while-vancouver-seeks-to-secure-second-amtrak-train-montreal-builds-case-for-high-speed-rail-to-new-york/

        http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2010/09/21/bc-amtrak-vancouver-seattle-portland.html

        http://transportactionbc.wordpress.com/2010/09/23/take-action-to-save-amtrak-train/

      • jk commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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:
        http://communities.canada.com/VANCOUVERSUN/blogs/civiclee/archive/2010/09/21/second-seattle-vancouver-amtrak-passenger-train-politically-derailed.aspx
        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.

      • hank commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • sloth commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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)

      • bikee commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • quesnela commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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!

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