The Oregon Department of Transportation is studying options for improved passenger rail service between Eugene-Springfield and Portland – a 125 mile segment. This segment is part of the federally designated Pacific Northwest Rail Corridor.
ODOT and the Federal Railroad Administration are now preparing a Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This environmental review will help ODOT and FRA make important decisions, including selecting the general rail alignment and communities where stations would be located. We will also determine several service characteristics, such as the number of daily trips, travel time objectives and the technologies to be used - for example, whether the trains will be powered by electric or diesel‐electric engines. The project includes a public involvement strategy to ensure that your voice is heard in the decision‐making process. Learn more...
At its December 8 meeting, the Oregon Passenger Rail Leadership Council reached agreement on the recommended preferred alternative to be carried forward into the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).MORE
On Tuesday, Dec. 8, the Leadership Council will meet to get an update from the project team. The meeting will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Salem at the Broadway Commons 1300 Broadway Street, Grant Room.
The purpose of this meeting is to provide an overview of the project team’s initial analysis of the alternatives and their Preferred Alternative recommendation and to determine if the Leadership Council can support the Preferred Alternative recommendation.
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...MORE
The Alternatives Selection Report (pdf, 1.85MB) 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. (Appendices to the report are available in the Project Library.