BRUCE Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, issued the following statement on Thursday in response to Microsoft’s contribution to an in-depth study into a potential ultra-high-speed corridor service connecting Vancouver, Washington state and Oregon:
“The Government of British Columbia commends Microsoft for its contribution of $300,000 (US) toward an in-depth study into the feasibility of an ultra-high-speed transportation corridor between Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, and beyond.
“Shorter travel times between Vancouver and Seattle would support new tech partnerships and investment opportunities between our neighbours to the south and our growing tech sector here in B.C.
“A high-speed transportation system would not only benefit our tech sector, but also support increased trade and tourism, while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions and creating short- and long-term jobs for the people of B.C., and all along the corridor.
“Earlier this year, our government contributed $300,000 to help fund this study because we are very interested in exploring clean, efficient transportation solutions to expand economic opportunities and strengthen trade relations along the Cascadia Innovation Corridor. We welcome Microsoft’s contribution to this important study.”