Leaders to Discuss Rail Travel

3-11 train picEUGENE, Ore. — Changes are on the horizon that will shape the direction of passenger rail in Oregon and the city of Eugene wants the community involved.

As the city’s population grows, leaders want to give people more options to get around. Not just in town, but around the state. A change that is already in effect at the Eugene Train Depot is a train running from Eugene to Portland.

ODOT recently purchased two train sets to allow convenient business travel in a single day, but it made changes to the schedule that many riders weren’t too happy about. ODOT decided to get rid of the mid-morning departure from Eugene. Tuesday’s meeting will give people a chance to weigh in on that, along with other issues.

“Some people have been frustrated by the change and we’d like the opportunity for people to have a conversation about that. The benefit of that would be people from Portland can come to Eugene for the day to do business, which is obviously a benefit for our community for people to do that,” says Transportation Planning Manager Rob Inerfeld.

Mayor Kitty Piercy will also be there to discuss Oregon’s passenger rail study. It’s looking at ways to further improve travel between Eugene and Portland. She serves as the leadership council co-chair and will be making recommendations to the governor on preferred train configurations.

The meeting will be at the train depot at 6 p.m. Monday.

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