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...
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.
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.