Public Involvement Overview
The needs and concerns of Oregonians are a key driver of the Oregon Passenger Rail project. The project includes an extensive public involvement component, to ensure that project decisions are informed by the needs and issues important to communities and stakeholders in the corridor. The project will include many opportunities for citizens and interested parties to comment and get involved, including public open houses, online surveys and community advisory groups.
The decision structure for the Oregon Passenger Rail project is the result of substantial stakeholder outreach and was developed to establish support for the project. The project team believes the best way to build support is to have an open, inclusive project development process that is viewed as credible by all.
The project includes committees and forums for stakeholders to provide input on the project. The governor-appointed Leadership Council is a core group that will deliberate and make recommendations throughout the life of the project. The Corridor Forum is a larger group where corridor-wide issues can be discussed. The Community Advisory Groups are geographically based working groups that address local issues. The Federal Rail Administration is the final decision-maker for all decisions.