Microsoft on board for Seattle-Vancouver high-speed rail project

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SEATTLE — Business and political leaders throughout the Pacific Northwest and across the border in Canada are supporting a high-speed rail study that would better link Seattle with Vancouver, British Columbia, Geek Wire reports.

Several companies and organizations, including Microsoft, announced a series of agreements to work together on connecting the region with better rail service and other economic development initiatives.

The announcement was made during the Cascadia Innovation Corridor conference, which concentrates on technology, economic development, education and transportation between the two regions.

According to the article, one of the most significant ideas to surface from last year’s conference was to provide high-speed rail service that would operate between Seattle and Vancouver in less than an hour.

Washington State budgeted $300,000 for the study and Microsoft recently contributed $50,000.

“I think there’s such an opportunity to shrink the distance between Vancouver and Seattle,” Microsoft President Brad Smith says. “With better roads, better rail, better air connections, that will enable us to work more closely together.”

This year’s conference builds from last year’s discussions, but with an expanded area that includes Oregon and business and academic leaders from across the region.

See the original story online.

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