The Western Regional Alliance connects the western United States to the 21st century global network through a shared vision for commerce, transportation infrastructure, and economic development. Founded by the metropolitan planning and transit organizations in five western cities, the Western Regional Alliance fosters cooperation and advocacy on shared policy priorities between western metropolitan economies. Areas of focus include:
- Economic Development
- Metropolitan Data and Research
To unite policymakers to advance strategic solutions that ensure western metros are globally competitive, connected, and sustainable.
The WRA envisions a powerful and interconnected megaregion with modern transportation systems, sustainable economies, and globally competitive metros.
The Western Regional Alliance was formed in 2009 as the Western High Speed Rail Alliance to pursue a vision for high speed rail in the western United States. The Alliance, made up of metropolitan planning and transit organizations from five western cities, was formed after Congress and the Obama Administration identified high-speed rail (HSR) as a key component of the nation’s future transportation infrastructure and allocated more than $8B toward HSR efforts in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and various other appropriations bills. As Congress and the Administration have changed their priorities, so has the Alliance. In 2012, the Alliance rebranded itself and in 2016, it refocused its efforts on transportation policy, the environment, economic development, and metropolitan research.