ODOT seeking feedback on Amtrak project

You can let ODOT know how you feel about the proposed project to improve Amtrak routes to and from Portland.

Posted: Dec 6, 2018 11:10 PM
Updated: Dec 6, 2018 11:27 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Oregon Department of Transportation held an open house on Thursday, seeking public feedback on their proposed Amtrak project.


Eugene community members were invited to learn more about that proposed plan on Thursday evening.

However, not everyone feels that the plan is the right strategy moving forward.

Right now, that plan is in the Environmental Impact portion of the planning process.

Completing that phase and getting public feedback is necessary to be able to have a chance at getting federal money needed to make the plan happen.

ODOT Passenger Rail Program Manager Jennifer Sellers said it's all part of improving Amtrak transit to Portland and back to Eugene.

"So, this will allow us to be competitive for funding, and we're looking at ways to improve service, improve reliability, improve speeds, and just improve the service overall in the state of Oregon," Sellers said.

ODOT said they have had a lot of positive feedback on the project so far.

However, not everyone thinks Amtrak improvements should be the mindset of the future.

"I would like more," said Eugene resident Carleen Reilly. "I would like the higher speed rail. But, I'm willing to settle for this as incremental and move forward."

If you would like to offer your feedback on this proposed plan, you can do so by following this link.

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