“Many parts of the world have successfully developed high-speed rail systems that serve millions of passengers each day, and connect metropolitan areas and local communities across international borders. The United States has a history of large-scale public works projects, but has not yet delivered the same achievements already witnessed in Europe and Asia. What knowledge can be gained from systems around the world for decision-makers in Cascadia today?
“This study sought to learn from existing high-speed rail systems around the world, as well as new projects in development within the U.S., to provide information useful to transportation agencies, potential partners, and decision makers who seek to develop an ultra-high-speed line to connect Cascadia. After more than fifty hours of interviews with industry experts from across the globe, and drawing from case studies and literature reviews, key trends emerged that are worth keeping at the forefront of project development efforts.”