About this Project

The Oregon Department of Transportation completed its analysis for improved passenger rail service between Eugene-Springfield and Portland – a 125 mile segment. This segment is part of the federally designated Pacific Northwest Rail Corridor.

The results of the study are documented in a Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement currently under review by the Federal Railroad Administration. Information in the DEIS includes the general rail alignment, communities where stations would be located and service characteristics, such as the number of daily trips, travel time objectives and recommended technologies.

The DEIS is expected to be released for public comment in late summer or early fall 2017. ODOT will hold public hearings in the form of open houses — including an online open house — to answer questions and take public input. After the public comment period is complete, ODOT and FRA will review all comments and develop a final EIS and record of decision identifying the final, selected alternative. Learn more...

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ODOT plans to hold public hearings on Draft EIS by fall 2017

Posted: Wednesday - June 14, 2017

ODOT has completed its analysis of the potential impacts and benefits of improved passenger rail service documented in the Draft Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement. The analysis looked at two build alternatives and the No Action alternative. The EIS is currently under review by the Federal Railroad Administration and is expected to be released for public comment in late summer or early fall 2017. Public hearings will be scheduled in the form of open houses, including an online open house to answer questions and receive public comments. After the public comment period is complete, ODOT and FRA will review all comments and develop a final EIS and record of decision identifying the final, selected alternative.

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Leadership Council Confirms Recommended Preferred Alternative

Posted: Monday - January 4, 2016

At its December 8 meeting, the Oregon Passenger Rail Leadership Council reached agreement on the recommended preferred alternative to be carried forward into the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

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Leadership Council meeting on Dec. 8

Posted: Wednesday - December 2, 2015

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, the Leadership Council will meet to get an update from the project team. The meeting will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Salem at the Broadway Commons 1300 Broadway Street, Grant Room.


The purpose of this meeting is to provide an overview of the project team’s initial analysis of the alternatives and their Preferred Alternative recommendation and to determine if the Leadership Council can support the Preferred Alternative recommendation.

OPR in Motion: A Project Update

Posted: Tuesday - July 7, 2015

The Oregon Passenger Rail Leadership Council previously recommended two “build” alternatives and a “no action” alternative to analyze in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). Alternatives 1 is largely the existing passenger rail route and Alternative 2 is primarily a new route along I-5. Read on to learn about what the team has been working on...

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2014 Archived Media Coverage

Posted: Wednesday - December 31, 2014
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