The B.C. Provincial Government will contribute $300,000 for the next phase of a study exploring the potential of an ultra-high-speed Cascadia corridor rail service linking B.C., Washington and Oregon.

Premier John Horgan joined Washington Governor Jay Inslee in Seattle last week to make the announcement as part of a campaign to improve connectivity and strengthen ties between the two regions.

Last year B.C. contributed the same amount for a business case analysis to explore ridership levels, project delivery methods, cost and financing for the proposed project.

But it isn’t just the governments that want to strengthen ties in the region.

Co-working giant WeWork is giving free access to their more than 20 Seattle, Portland and Vancouver offices for select businesses and organizations that support the Cascadia Innovation Corridor.

Under the new Cascadia Passport program, WeWork will grant a limited number of passports to local leaders to distribute to local businesses, foreign delegations or others interested in strengthening bonds in the region.

The program includes a free “hot desk” membership for six months, access to all of the Seattle-Portland-Vancouver locations and credits for conference room bookings. WeWork is also offering the option to directly apply for a Cascadia Passport.

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