Various project committees will advise ODOT throughout the project:
Former Gov. John Kitzhaber established the Leadership Council to guide the project and develop recommendations that will be submitted to the Federal Railroad Administration for final approval. The Leadership Council is a core advisory group composed mostly of elected officials from the Willamette Valley. The group will advise the governor and the Oregon Transportation Commission on a preferred alignment for intercity passenger rail improvements that will become a foundation for the future to make Oregon more competitive for rail project funding.
Due to the overwhelming interest and the potential impact of this project on many jurisdictions, a Corridor Forum has been formed to engage potentially affected jurisdictions in the project. The Forum is composed of directors and elected representatives from cities and counties and other key agencies and stakeholders. The Forum will identify and explore broad-level issues, opportunities and viable options for balancing the broad range of interests in the corridor. Input from this group is provided to the Leadership Council.
Community Advisory Groups consider local issues and provide input to the Corridor Forum and Leadership Council. The purpose of these geographically based groups is to provide local stakeholders with an opportunity to identify issues that will help shape alignment options in their area of the project. Community Advisory Groups are active in the six major communities in the project study area: