Ultra-High-Speed Ground Transportation study - 2019 business case analysis

The 2019 Business Case Analysis builds on previous UHSGT studies conducted by WSDOT. It provides a more comprehensive and detailed picture of the wide range of benefits that could result in the region due to UHSGT. Details on the strategic, economic, environmental, and financial case for UHSGT in the Cascadia megaregion are included.

2019 UHSGT Business Case Analysis – Executive Summary (pdf 388 kb)
2019 UHSGT Business Case Analysis – Full Report (pdf 22 mb)

Key findings of this study include:

  • Less than one-hour trips between each city — Portland, Seattle, Vancouver — at about 220 mph (354 kph)
  • Various scenarios with 21 to 30 daily round trips, with some express trips stopping at only a few locations, interspersed with others that stop at more locations
  • Ultimate potential to carry 32,000 people an hour using capacity to schedule many more trains  
  • Estimate between 12 and 20 percent of total current intercity trips would shift to UHSGT
  • Estimate conservatively between 1.7 and 3.1 million riders annually when it opens
  • Estimate annual revenue of between $160 and $250 million when it opens
  • Can be built within the 2017 estimate of $24 billion to $42 billion in up-front construction costs
  • Estimate $355 billion in economic growth and 200,000 new jobs related to construction and ongoing operation of the service
  • Reduction of 6 million metric tons (tonnes) of CO2 emissions over first 40 years and potential for zero emissions by using clean energy sources (hydro, wind, solar)