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Rail 
 

For the Pacific Coastal region to remain competitive, we need transportation systems that will facilitate the movement of people and goods north to south while reducing the number of vehicles on our highways. Rail, particularly high speed rail, can deliver significant benefits to the region including advancing climate change goals, energy conservation, congestion reduction, and job creation for the citizens of the region.

Regional Best Practices:

  • Since 1994, the states of Washington and Oregon have partnered with the Province of British Columbia, Amtrak, railroads, and others to provide fast, reliable, and more frequent intercity passenger rail service along the 467 miles of the Interstate 5 corridor. Ridership on the Amtrak Cascades has been growing an average of 9.5 percent per year for the last 17 years and 2011 ridership grew to nearly 850,000 passengers.
  • Washington State Department of Transportation is investing nearly $800 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail funds to deliver critical rail infrastructure improvements that will expand travel choices, preserve the ability to move freight, and foster economic growth across our state. There are a total of 20 major capital rail projects.
  • In November 2008, the citizens of California voted in favor of Proposition 1A to build a state-wide high speed rail system. Funded through public-private partnership, the 220-mile-per-hour electric high speed train system will reduce the state's dependence on foreign oil by more than 12 million barrels per year and reduce greenhouse gases that cause global warming by 12.7 billion pounds annually. The high speed train project will draw upon and expand California's skilled workforce, creating nearly 160,000 construction-related jobs to plan, design and build the system. An additional 450,000 permanent jobs are expected to be created by 2035 as a result of the economic growth the train system will bring to California.

Photo credit: Bruce Ikenberry

 

 News From the Region


July 30, 2015: New PCC Iinitiative Accelerates West Coast's Drive for Electric Vehicle Purchases
PORTLAND—The governors of California, Oregon, and Washington and the premier of British Columbia are teaming up with West Coast cities, counties and utilities to launch a major new initiative designed to accelerate adoption of zero-emission vehicles in public and private fleets on the West Coast.

July 28, 2015: Governor Inslee directs development of regulatory cap on carbon emissions
OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee today directed the state Department of Ecology to step up enforcement of existing state pollution laws and develop a regulatory cap on carbon emissions. Inslee said Washingtonians have too much at stake to wait any longer for legislative action.

May 19, 2015: Governor Brown, International Leaders Form Historic Partnership to Fight Climate Change
SACRAMENTO – California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed a first-of-its-kind agreement with international leaders from 11 other states and provinces, collectively representing more than $4.5 trillion in GDP and 100 million people, to limit the increase in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius – the warming threshold at which scientists say there will likely be catastrophic climate disruptions.

May 19, 2015: B.C. signs on to new global climate leadership pact
VICTORIA – Premier Christy Clark issued the following statement today: “As a recognized world leader on climate action, British Columbia is pleased to join an ambitious new international action to tackle climate change – the “Under 2 MOU”.

May 19, 2015: Washington teams up with states and provinces worldwide committing to cut greenhouse gas emissions 80-95 percent
OLYMPIA - Washington state today joined as a founding signatory to an agreement of states and provinces from developed and developing nations calling for reductions of greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

April 29, 2015: Governor Brown Establishes Most Ambitious Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target in North America New California Goal Aims to Reduce Emissions 40 Percent Below 1990 Levels by 2030
SACRAMENTO - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order to establish a California greenhouse gas reduction target of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 - the most aggressive benchmark enacted by any government in North America to reduce dangerous carbon emissions over the next decade and a half.

April 29, 2015: B.C. congratulates California for new climate target

April 13, 2015: B.C. challenges the world as work begins on Climate Action Plan 2.0
VICTORIA – Building on British Columbia’s climate success in advance of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris this December, Premier Christy Clark today announced the Province is challenging other jurisdictions to match or exceed the world-leading standard B.C. has set for climate action.