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March 5, 2014
Upcoming rail meeting hosted by City of Eugene

The Oregon Passenger Rail project team wants you to know about an upcoming meeting being hosted by the City of Eugene -- Join Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and Oregon Department of Transportation Rail Division Administrator Hal Gard on Tuesday, March 11 for a informational meeting about rail travel and the future of the Cascade Corridor.


January 3, 2014
Oregon Passenger Rail Leadership Council recommends alternatives for further study

PRESS RELEASE: At its December 17 meeting, the Oregon Passenger Rail Leadership Council made a recommendation to the Federal Railroad Administration on which rail route alternatives should receive more detailed study in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

Read full press release.

November 26, 2013
Leadership Council Meeting on Dec. 17th

Thank you to everyone who participated in the open house events this month! Nearly 2,200 people participated and provided comments. A summary of public input from the events will be available soon. See open house materials.

Feedback will be shared with the Corridor Forum on Decemeber 3 and with the Leadership Council on December 17. Learn more about these meetings.

November 4, 2013
November Open House Events Kick Off in Salem on November 5th!

ODOT is hosting five public open houses this November. Join us at a meeting in Salem, Portland, Oregon City, Albany, or Eugene. You can also participate in an online open house between November 5 and 18.

Event locations and more details.

October 16, 2013
Talgo Train Celebration

Join us at Portland’s Union Station this Saturday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a celebration of Oregon’s new Talgo passenger trains. You can check out the new trains and visit our booth to learn more about the Oregon Passenger Rail project. Read more.

Project Milestone

On Dec. 17 2013, the Leadership Council made a recommendation on which rail route alternatives should receive more detailed study in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The recommendation includes two primary routes.  Alternative #1 (shown in blue) is the existing corridor that assumes major infrastructure investment and shadows the current Amtrak service alignment.  Alternative #2 (shown in brown) is a hybrid alternative that is a combination of the red, purple, and blue preliminary alternatives.  The recommendations include a number of considerations, including the technical evaluation findings, guidance from the Federal Railroad Administration, maintenance considerations, and feedback from agency stakeholders and the broad public.

Larger map and additional information.