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July 7, 2015
OPR in Motion: A Project Update

The Oregon Passenger Rail Leadership Council previously recommended two “build” alternatives and a “no action” alternative to analyze in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).  Alternatives 1 is largely the existing passenger rail route and Alternative 2 is primarily a new route along I-5.  Read on to learn about what the team has been working on...


December 12, 2014
Leadership Council Meeting - Dec 15

The Oregon Passenger Rail Leadership Council is set to meet to get an update from the project team. The meeting will be held on Monday, December 15 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Broadway Commons, Mexico Room, 1300 Broadway Street NE, Salem, OR. 97301. More info.

September 18, 2014
The Alternatives Selection Report is Now Available

The Alternatives Selection Report is available. This in-depth document demonstrates how the project's screening and evaluation framework was developed and applied to the different rail route alternatives under consideration. It also describes the alternatives recommended by ODOT for the Federal Railroad Administration to select for study in more detail in the Tier 1 Draft EIS. See the document here. (Appendices to the report are available in the Project Library.

May 20, 2014
The Station Area Assessment is now available

The Station Area Assessment is complete and now available. Careful consideration of station locations is essential to making sure that each station located along the rail line provides intercity mobility, meets service needs for travel time, serves and is complementary to its surrounding area, and is well integrated into the local urban transportation network.  For more information, see Station Area Assessment. (Note: This file is 18.7 MB and may take up to a minute to download.)

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.

Project Milestone

On Dec. 17 2013, the Leadership Council provided guidance to ODOT 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.

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