Planners for Oregon Passenger Rail are aiming to double the number of round trips up and down the Willamette Valley, from three to six. That’s one of the details I was reminded of at an open house on the project Tuesday night.
Of the many ways to get from Albany to Seattle and back, taking Amtrak is probably the cheapest and least stressful. Oregon officials are still working on a plan to make the Oregon leg of the trip more convenient, and a little faster too.
Back to trains for a moment, if you don’t mind. More specifically passenger rail. Once again, in advance of next year’s legislative session, there’s a question whether the Amtrak Cascades train service between Eugene and Portland will continue beyond June 2017.
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.
What do you know! After nearly three years of study, the Oregon Passenger Rail project has concluded that the best route between Eugene and Portland is the existing rail line between Eugene and Portland. But is this final? Hah, you dreamer! No, it’s preliminary. More study to follow.
A nearly full parking lot at Albany Station on a weekday afternoon reflects the interest in train and bus travel up and down the Willamette Valley and beyond. It also suggests that it might not be too soon to look for expanded parking, which will be needed if plans to increase train service ever yield […]
Faster and more frequent passenger train service up and down the Willamette Valley may be a distant dream, but the planning work grinds on. ODOT’s passenger rail program has just published a comparison of all the existing and potential stops. In Albany, the report compares the existing depot, Albany Station, with a potential stop near […]
As for catching a ride on a high-speed or even moderately fast passenger train up the Willamette Valley any time soon, don’t get your hopes up. There is no estimate for when such a service might start, says Jim Cox of the Oregon Department of Transportation. He and Benton County Commissioner Linda Modrell spoke about […]