We are currently in "scoping" - an early step in the process to identify issues to be addressed. It is an important opportunity for public input. We encourage comments throughout the study, but comments should be submitted by October 31 to be officially considered during the scoping phase.
The project team is conducting a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental review process, which will make decisions on:
The board shows how decisions will be made throughout the process. The project also includes several committees that will play an important part in decision-making, including:
The Purpose and Need Statement is an essential part of the NEPA process. It explains why the project is being proposed and why it is a worthwhile investment of time and money. The Purpose and Need statement will also help provide context and criteria for developing a range of possible alternatives, and eventually the selection of a preferred alternative. Below is the Draft Purpose and Need Statement, which will be refined based on public input.
The purpose of this project is to provide more convenient, rapid, and reliable passenger rail service between the Columbia River in the Portland metropolitan area, and the Eugene-Springfield metropolitan area in a manner that will:
Multiple transportation, land use, socio-economic, and environmental considerations drive the need for this
Rail routes (alignments), including:
- Oregon Electric Railroad corridor (west of I-5)
Communities where stations will be located
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Study Area Boundary
Current Alignment (Amtrak)
Existing Rail Facilities
Cultural or Historic Resource
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Alternatives will be narrowed to identify the best possible alternatives to be evaluated in the EIS. This will be done in two ways:
The broad range of alternatives gathered during the scoping phase will be screened against the Purpose and Need.
Alternatives that "pass" the screening process will be evaluated using specific criteria being developed from the study’s Goals and Objectives. The Goals and Objectives will be developed based on public input received during this scoping phase.
The narrowed list of alternatives will be further analyzed in the EIS.