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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Trains or water: A matter of priorities

Written January 14th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

This sign in California’s Central Valley suggests that farmers in the region think their state has its priorities wrong. Nature and politics have left their operations thirsting for water while California is spending billions of dollars on high-speed rail.


On rail, CA is way ahead of us

Written August 23rd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Say what you want about California and its many problems, but in contrast to Oregon our southern neighbor is moving with breathtaking speed on the subject of high-speed rail.


Passenger rail: The solution

Written December 18th, 2012 by

In regard to passenger rail in the Willamette Valley, the meetings continue. Whether they will accomplish anything, though, is open to grave doubt. As previous studies have estimated, improving either the main line of the Union Pacific or the old Oregon Electric to carry more and faster passenger trains is going to cost around $2 […]


Rail study: Bypass Albany?

Written December 8th, 2012 by

Some years ago Albany Station was renovated and expanded at considerable public expense, more than $10 million if memory serves, and it’s been getting steady use. Now there’s a chance it might be sidetracked in the planning for improved passenger rail service between Portland and Eugene. The Oregon Passenger Rail Leadership Council meets in Salem […]


 
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