We as a region are going to be the recipient of a government stimulus. There's many ways to spend it and one beneficial one, in my opinion, would be a high speed rail system. Unlike the East Coast and Midwest many cities in the Pacific are very far apart. Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake, San Francisco, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Fe etc. are hours from one another. Creating a faster, more efficient mode of transportation in the form of a rail line would not only be better for the environment but it would help bring in revenue, allowing our economy to recover somewhat. Jobs would obviously be created through the process of creating the line as well as upkeep after completion. What do you guys think?
This idea has been brought up a few times and there have been a few bills proposed to advance it. Sadly inactivity has killed them all good.