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High Speed Rail Link Vancouver-Seattle.
A proposed high-speed rail link between Vancouver, Seattle and Portland could see travel times between each city reduced to under an hour, according to the findings of a new report by the the Washington State Department of Transportation.
The department recently released a 400-page business case (supported by the governments of British Columbia, Oregon and Microsoft Corp) for the rail link, which would feature frequent trains running at speeds of up to 400 km/h, with intermediary stops proposed for Surrey as well as the Washington communities of Bellingham, Everett, Tacoma, Olympia and Kelso.
According to the report, it currently it takes about two hours and 40 minutes to drive from Seattle to Vancouver, or more than four hours by bus or train, while the driving time from Portland to Seattle is about three hours, or about three and a half hours by bus or train.
The link would also open the possibility of increased cross-border tourism opportunities in the region, while providing fast and convenient links between three Pacific coast gateways.
Projected annual ridership would be in excess of three million, with fare revenues estimated at more than US$250 million; the system is projected to cost between USD$24 billion to USD$42 billion.
Air Canada Resumes Flights To India From Toronto and Vancouver.
Air Canada says it will resume its daily, nonstop Toronto-Delhi flights eastbound on Oct. 1 and westbound on Oct. 3, with additional capacity coming Oct. 27 with 400-seat B777-300ER aircraft.
All flights are now available for purchase.
Air Canada had announced on Feb. 27 that it was suspending its India service due to airspace closures over Pakistan. In recent days Pakistan has reopened its airspace to commercial flights, opening up the route again. Air India has also resumed its flights over Pakistan.
Air Canada operates daily service from Toronto and Vancouver to Delhi and four times weekly between Toronto and Mumbai.
The carrier’s Vancouver-Delhi flights will resume at their usual flight times starting Aug. 1.
The Toronto-Delhi flights will be operated initially with Boeing 787 Dreamliners and beginning Oct. 27, additional capacity will be added to this route with 400-seat Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, featuring Air Canada’s Signature Class, Premium Economy and Economy classes of service.
Air Canada’s seasonal Toronto-Mumbai flights will operate four times weekly from Oct. 27, 2019 until March 28, 2020 with Boeing 777-200LR aircraft.
Air Canada will have up to 18 weekly flights connecting a multitude of cities in North America to Delhi from both Toronto and Vancouver, and to Mumbai from Toronto.
Flight AC42 will depart Toronto at 10:10 p.m., arriving in Delhi at 9:35 p.m. Flight AC43 will depart Delhi at 12:10 a.m., returning to Toronto at 5:05 a.m.
From Vancouver, flight AC44 will depart 1:15 a.m., arriving in Delhi at 3:50 a.m. On the return, AC45 will leave Delhi at 5:55 a.m., arriving back in Vancouver at 7:30 a.m.
All of the above flights are daily.