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Ultra-high speed rail study

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During the 2022 legislative session, the Legislature allocated $4 million for additional analysis and development of an expanded framework for future work, and $150 million to be used as matching funds to leverage federal funding opportunities over the next six years. WSDOT is determining the next phase of work and how it will be undertaken in coordination with a Policy Committee and consultant support. In keeping with legislative direction, that work will include:

• Developing an organizational framework.
• Developing a public engagement approach.
• Preparing and applying for potential future federal, state, and provincial funding opportunities.
• Beginning work on scenario analysis.
• Recommending the structure and membership of a formal coordinating entity.

A report will be submitted to the Governor and Legislature by June 30, 2023.

Previous reports can be found under the "Outcomes" tab on this page.

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WSDOT is studying how ultra-high-speed ground transportation (UHSGT) might serve as a catalyst to transform the Pacific Northwest. A stronger, better connected economic megaregion — stretching from greater Vancouver, British Columbia to metro Seattle, Washington to Portland, Oregon — has the potential to thrive in the global marketplace. A key component of that vision is a fast, frequent, reliable and environmentally responsible transportation system that unites this Cascadia megaregion, and positions it for global competitiveness and future prosperity.

Planning study report

Map of corridor that might be connected with UHSGT.