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Study Under Way Reviewing Oregon's High-Speed Rail Options

AP | Jan. 21, 2013 4:52 p.m.

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The Oregon Passenger Rail Leadership Council is considering routes for high-speed rail travel in Oregon.

The Oregon Passenger Rail project will study various route alternatives for a passenger rail corridor between Portland and Eugene. This map shows the project study area

The Oregon Passenger Rail project will study various route alternatives for a passenger rail corridor between Portland and Eugene. This map shows the project study area

Oregon Passenger Rail Leadership Council

The Register-Guard reports that there are four alternatives the 21-member group is looking at for the future route of passenger rail in the Willamette Valley. The group includes five city mayors, six legislators and transit officials from the state, Portland and Lane County.

The routes would be hugely expensive to create — and the obstacles, including securing money, are so many that it’s possible the new line might never be built — but the study is under way with the leadership council set to choose one of the four by fall of 2014.

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