This interactive tool includesstations where you can learn more about the project and provide your comments. We invite you to explore these stations and give us your feedback.
The project team is conducting a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental review process, which will make decisions on:
In the fall of 2012, the project team asked the public to provide input on what they think is important in moving forward with this study. The public provided various ideas for rail route alternatives, and gave feedback on what values the project should promote. This online open house will present the potential rail route options that were suggested, as well as the goals and objectives developed in response to public comment.
The purpose of the Oregon Passenger Rail Project is to improve the frequency, convenience, speed and reliability of passenger rail service along the Oregon segment of the federally-designated Pacific Northwest Rail Corridor (PNWRC) in a manner that will:
Multiple transportation, land use, socioeconomic, and environmental considerations drive the need for this project, including:
This page describes the process for evaluating the broad range of corridor concept ideas. On the next pages, you can see the corridor concepts and preliminary screening results, and make comments on the interactive map.
The corridor concepts will be evaluated through a two-part process:
The project team screened the corridor concepts using the following questions. These questions are based on the project’s Purpose and Need statement.
Four main corridors have been identified between Eugene-Springfield and Portland-Vancouver.
The blue corridor generally follows the existing Amtrak Cascades route, potentially within or near the Union Pacific rail line between Eugene-Springfield, Junction City, Albany, Salem, Keizer, Woodburn, Oregon City, Milwaukie, and Portland. It crosses the Willamette River in Portland near Union Station before continuing northward either on or near existing BNSF tracks to Vancouver, WA.
The red corridor runs along Interstate 5, either within or near the current highway footprint. It follows the highway between Eugene-Springfield, Albany, Salem, Keizer, and Wilsonville. The red corridor would be all new track devoted to intercity passenger rail service.
The purple corridor generally follows the existing Oregon Electric rail line, with several options.
The yellow corridor concept starts in the Eugene-Springfield area, and continues west of the purple corridor to travel through Monroe and Corvallis, and then either travels east to connect with the purple or blue line in Albany, or continues northward through Independence, McMinnville and Newberg, to connect to the purple line at Tualatin.
Some shorter corridor concepts are being considered that could serve communities between Eugene-Springfield and Portland-Vancouver, but would need to connect to one of the corridors described above.
Pink - The pink corridor travels west from Eugene to Veneta and then north to connect to the green line, southwest of Junction City.
Brown - The brown corridor begins near Wilsonville, but hugs the I-205 corridor, traveling inside or adjacent to the highway footprint before turning west near the Portland International Airport to tie into the blue corridor in North Portland.
Tan - The tan corridor is a short connection between the purple and red corridor north of Millersburg.
About this map:Leave a comment on the map by clicking on “add a map comment.” When you are done, click "place your comment".
Corridor concepts are represented on the map in different line colors. Click on the lines to read descriptions of the concepts. Concepts that have not initially passed the screening are shown with red "x" marks.
In the fall of 2012, we asked the public to weigh in on what values are most important for passenger rail in Oregon. These comments helped shape the draft goals and objectives. The main themes we heard were:
1A - Provide a viable alternative to auto, air, and bus travel between Eugene, OR and Vancouver, WA.
1B - Provide reliable and frequent passenger rail service.
1C - Support multimodal integration at each passenger rail station.
1D - Allow for future passenger rail improvements, including higher speeds.
2A - Does not increase conflicts between heavy rail and automobiles.
2B - Protect freight-rail carrying capability.
3A - Develop a strategy that can be reasonably funded and leveraged with range of investment tools for construction and operation.
3B - Serve the maximum number of people with every dollar invested.
4A - Provide a viable and affordable alternative for travelers.
4B - Provide equitable investments and service, with consideration to race/ethnicity and income.
5A - Provide passenger rail service to meet the existing and future passenger rail demand for an interconnected system in the Pacific Northwest High Speed Rail corridor.
6A - Benefit communities within the corridor.
6B - Minimize impacts to communities along the corridor.
7A - Support Oregon’s commitment to the preservation of resource lands and local land use and transportation planning.
7B - Reduce greenhouse gas emissions in support of national and state policies to slow climate change.
7C - Minimize impacts to the natural environment and cultural resources.
Which of the goals are most important to you? The project team has developed seven draft goals to drive the Oregon Passenger Rail project. These goals will be used to help evaluate rail route alternatives. Participate in this prioritization exercise to tell us which goals you think are most important. You have 10 points to assign among the seven goals. You can spend up to three points on any single goal.
Use the sliders to assign points to each goal.
|Goal 1: Improve passenger rail mobility and accessibility in the Willamette Valley.||0|
|Goal 2: Protect freight-rail capacity and investments in the corridor, and maintain safety.||0|
|Goal 3: Plan, design, and build a cost-effective project.||0|
|Goal 4: Provide an affordable and equitable travel alternative.||0|
|Goal 5: Be compatible with passenger rail investments planned in Washington State.||0|
|Goal 6: Promote community health and quality of life for communities along the corridor.||0|
|Goal 7: Protect and preserve the existing natural and built environment.||0|
The displays show how the route alternatives will be evaluated, and how decisions will be made. The project includes several committees that will play an important part in decision-making, including:
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