According to Wikipedia, the eventual travel time [goal] between SEA and PDX is 2:30 from the 3:20 in 2017. What else is left where they can shave off 50 minutes from?
There is currently about :45 padding in both directions.
... According to WSDOT, 18 of the 20 ARRA-funded projects designed to improve speeds along the Cascades corridor have been completed. ...
Oh wow, didn't know they had 45 min up their sleeves. That would be huge if they got the time down to 2:30 min. Its almost like the travel time cuts when a new HSR line opens up in Europe.
Nah, looks like our friend Charles Hamilton is mis-overestimating things here.
If you want a list of projects to (further) improve this corridor, look here:
Well, this list is from December 2008, before the Stimulus in 2009 promised to pay for more than $800 million of it. Many projects have been completed, and are included in that 20-count list that Charles refers to.
Still plenty of work on the WSDOT list. Speaking in large numbers, WSDOT could easily spend another $800 million before pausing again to catch their breath.
Same thing in Illinois and Michigan as in Washington State. They got almost more money than they could use in just 7 years. So the plan all along was for a Phase One, and followed by a Phase Two.
Unfortunately, Congress changed, and refused to fund any passenger rail projects.
Now, I guess those states are also waiting for an infrastructure plan from Congress. They'd better be prepared to wait.
Edited by WoodyinNYC, 16 August 2017 - 12:16 AM.