A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Better passenger rail: A nice dream

Written November 11th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

There are at least two ways of looking at the current $10 million planning effort for better passenger rail service in the Willamette Valley, between Eugene and Portland. One is hopeful and visionary, and the other is coldly realistic. Here is the realistic view.

Bypass Albany Station? Better not!

Written October 10th, 2013 by

Albany Station, constructed at great public expense, is a hub of transportation activity during some parts of the day. Trains and local and regional bus lines stop there, and there’s plenty of convenient parking for taxis and the vehicles of commuters and other travelers. And yet, incredibly, two of the alternative routes being considered for […]

Rail route: Keep it simple

Written January 25th, 2013 by

A state committee working on plans for improved passenger rail between Eugene and Portland has been looking at different possibilities for a route that the trains of the future might take. You can’t  say that they have not been thorough. It looks as as though they considered every possibility that somebody suggested. Keep in mind […]

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 […]

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