Microsoft is committing an extra $300,000 to proceed finding out whether or not a high-speed train between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., is feasible. The funds are in addition to Washington state’s $750,000 contribution and the B.C. authorities’s $300,000 funding introduced beforehand.
The announcement is a part of Microsoft’s ongoing efforts to make the “Cascadia” area an innovation hub akin to Silicon Valley. The high-speed rail line under consideration would join Seattle and Vancouver in lower than an hour, fostering extra collaboration between their respective tech industries.
“Shrinking the gap between Vancouver, Seattle and probably Portland via extra environment friendly journey connections is the type of forward-looking funding that might be a sport changer for generations to come, and lawmakers are sensible to make comparatively modest investments in the present day to totally perceive the potential,” Microsoft President Brad Smith mentioned in a blog post Thursday.
The thought dates back to the 2017 Cascadia Innovation Corridor conference, which convened companies and authorities leaders in Oregon, Washington, and B.C. to focus on methods to higher join the area. At the moment, Microsoft kicked in $50,000 to complement the state of Washington’s $300,000 finances to study the potential for a high-speed rail line.
In April, a new route of seaplanes connecting Seattle and Vancouver launched to higher join the 2 cities. Smith watched from a press occasion at South Lake Union in Seattle because the inaugural “nerd birds” landed.
“There at the moment are 80 corporations headquartered in Silicon Valley which have opened engineering places of work in the Seattle space,” Smith mentioned on the occasion. “That’s nice for Seattle, however there are additionally the primary 4 corporations to open engineering places of work in Vancouver: Microsoft, Amazon, Zillow and Tableau — all primarily based in Seattle. I believe we’re just a little forward of the curve in appreciating simply what an exquisite alternative there may be to deliver folks collectively in Seattle and Vancouver.”