Connecting Cascadia: Draft Final Report

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The draft report of "Connecting Cascadia: A High-Speed Rail Vision for the Pacific Northwest" is now available for review and comment. This report summarizes the two-day planning charrette that took place in July 2010 in Portland, OR. A planning charrette is an intensive design workshop that brings together stakeholders to develop solutions to an identified set of issues. The planning charrette brought together stakeholders along the length of the corridor, from Eugene, Oregon to Vancouver, British Columbia to develop a common vision of how high-speed rail can help the metropolitan regions of the Pacific Northwest achieve their goals for a robust economy prosperity, improved mobility, and land use, climate change and livability.

America 2050 is seeking comments on the draft report until January 20 from charrette participants, stakeholders, and the public in the comments section below. Please identify yourself with your comment, or send non-public comments to Petra(at)

Above: Washington State Senator Mary Margaret Haugen (at left) participates in the planning charrette.