The Oregon Department of Transportation completed its analysis 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.
The results of the study are documented in a Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement currently under review by the Federal Railroad Administration. Information in the DEIS includes the general rail alignment, communities where stations would be located and service characteristics, such as the number of daily trips, travel time objectives and recommended technologies.
The DEIS is expected to be released for public comment in late summer or early fall 2017. ODOT will hold public hearings in the form of open houses — including an online open house — to answer questions and take public input. After the public comment period is complete, ODOT and FRA will review all comments and develop a final EIS and record of decision identifying the final, selected alternative. Learn 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.
The Station Area Assessment (pdf, 18.7MB) 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.