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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Doubling up on valley trains — but when?

Written December 4th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

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.

Oregon Passenger Rail: A chance to react

Written December 2nd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

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.

More passenger rail: Wake up to the price

Written October 19th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Nobody would blame you for having nodded off during the prolonged planning for Oregon Passenger Rail. Time to wake up, though, for now there are some startling figures at hand regarding the costs.

Once again, trains face budget hurdle

Written July 4th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

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.

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.

Train study: another inch forward

Written October 27th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

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.

Checking in on ‘passenger rail’

Written October 5th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

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 […]

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.

Train station sites compared

Written June 5th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

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 […]

Better rail when? Nobody knows

Written January 13th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

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 […]

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