Cascadia High Speed Rail Summit to be hosted by Microsoft next week

Concept High Speed Train via Andreas Vogler Studio

Yes! Another excuse to talk about trains, but at work? Pinch us, because we must be dreaming about the upcoming Cascadia Rail Summit hosted by Microsoft. This is the latest event to occur, and the first major step in creating a high-speed rail system in the Pacific Northwest.

All the big-name players are coming out for this one, too. The Director of Government Affairs from Microsoft is one such speaker, as is the Transportation Director for the City of Vancouver. We guess that’s what happens when you host a conference at Microsoft headquarters, though.

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Of course, the regions’ leaders are just doing all this for fun. Some of the proposed benefits include a better-connected ‘megaregion’, roughly $250M USD in proposed revenue once built, and the creation of thousands of jobs. Don’t take our word for it though, you can read the Ultra-High-Speed Ground Transportation analysis right here.

It’s no wonder that Microsoft, Vancouver, and Seattle have already committed hundreds of thousands each just to get the project off the ground. An ultra-high-speed train has been sorely needed in North America, and it might as well be here.

We’ll keep our eyes peeled for any new developments. In the meanwhile, we look forward to seeing what comes from the Cascadia Rail Summit next week.

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