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Vancouver - Seattle- Portland Ultra High-Speed Rail Project and Amtrak Cascades Vancouver - Portland Update

First High-Speed Rail Study was in 1992 for the Vancouver-Seattle-Portland Corridor Since 1992, There has been studies and discussion about high-speed rail, or recently ultra-high speed transportation between Vancouver, Seattle and Portland. Let us look back at the history of this idea and an update of where we are at now. In October 1992, the Washington High Speed Ground Transportation Study was submitted to the State of Washington. It was done by Ganett Fleming Incorporated. The recommendations from that study stated, the State of Washington, Oregon and the province of British Columbia, should continue its commitment to upgrade Amtrak service and take further action on improving rail infrastructure now to build support for a high-speed rail program by adopting the following three goals. Implementation of true high-speed rail service, 250 kilometers per hour or greater between Everett and Portland by the year 2020. A maximum travel time between downtown Portland and downtown Seattle
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High Speed Rail Canada uploads Youtube short on the benefits of high-speed rail for Canadians

Benefits of High-Speed Rail for Canadians  As part of our outreach to educate Canadians on the benefits of high-speed rail, we have uploaded a video to our High Speed Rail Canada YouTube page. Click HERE to view video. 

Martin Imbleau CEO of Via HFR is on the Right Track

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A Short History of the High-Speed Rail studies between Calgary-Edmonton, Alberta.

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All Eight Calgary - Edmonton High-Speed Rail Studies Available to the Public

The mandate of High Speed Rail Canada (HSRC) is to educate Canadians on all previous and current high-speed rail studies in Canada. Their website has been updated to include all eight previous Alberta high-speed rail studies on the possibility of a passenger rail service from Calgary to Edmonton. The public is welcome to use and download all these studies. Please credit HRSC as the source. A history video by HSRC of the Alberta studies will be released soon on the HSRC Youtube channel. Here is the LINK to all the Alberta studies page.

Passenger Rail Advocacy in Canada: From flyers to youtube has anything really changed?

I walked into the VIA Rail station in Windsor in 1991 to protest VIA Rail Canada’s refusal to allow my girlfriend to purchase a CanRail Pass. They refused her because she was a Canadian. Ridiculous……It was my first real world experience with the dysfunctional state of passenger rail then and today in our country. Back then and today, Transport 2000, (now Transport Action Canada) were, and still are, the only national passenger rail advocacy group in Canada. I had read in the newspapers about Harry Gow, President of Transport 2000 back in 1991. His fire and brimstone passenger rail advocacy was legendary and inspired me. Moving to Guelph in 1994, I got involved with local passenger rail activists the late Mary Pappert and George Bechtel. Mary was a no nonsense person and so was George. I had no idea at the time, just how effective they were at passenger rail advocacy. If cuts were coming or money was being made available for passenger trains, they immediately went into action. Organizi

High-Speed Rail Canada adds new Bombardier 2002 JetTrain Video

High-Speed Rail Canada has added a new video on the 2002 Bombardier JetTrain to their youtube channel. The JetTrain was proposed for different routes in the USA and Canada. Top speed was 240 km/h. Unfortunately, over 20yrs later, Edmonton and Calgary one of the proposed routes still does not have passenger trains. View the video HERE.