The mayors of Vancouver, Seattle and Portland are pushing for high-speed rail between the three Cascadian cities.

The mayors have signed a protocol agreement to push for a high-speed rail link between B.C. and Oregon, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a statement.

“We need an organized, strategic approach to ensure we have a strong, united voice for the expansion of rail service along the key Pacific Northwest corridor,” Robertson said.

The expansion, he added, would get more vehicles off the road, create economic opportunities and promote tourism.

The protocol agreement stemmed from a meeting in Vancouver of senior rail, government and business leaders, who discussed railway links and California’s plan for a high-speed rail line between San Francisco and San Diego.