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The Oregon Passenger Rail project is studying options for improved passenger rail service between the Columbia River in the Portland urban area and the Eugene-Springfield urban area — a roughly 125-mile segment eyed for high-speed rail service over the past few decades.


One of the route alternatives under analysis would run through Lake Oswego — right by Millennium Plaza Park downtown.

At a Lake Oswego City Council meeting Tuesday evening, Metro Councilor Carlotta Collette said the new service wouldn’t necessarily match high-speed rail lines in other countries, “where it’s 200 miles per hour.” She said the line would be “lucky to get 90 miles per hour.” As a result, officials consider the project “higher-speed rail” rather than high-speed.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is in the beginning stages of a study process that will help determine a general passenger rail alignment and communities where stations will be located. The project will also determine the number of daily trips between Eugene and Portland, travel time objectives and the technologies to be used.ODOT is hosting public open houses throughout Oregon in September, as well as an online open house. Residents are invited to share their thoughts on what the future of passenger rail should look like between Portland and Eugene.

Local open houses are set in both Oregon City and Lake Oswego.

The Oregon City open house will be Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Clackamas Community College, Gregory Forum room A, 19600 Molalla Ave.The Lake Oswego open house will be Sept. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Phoenix Inn, 14905 Bangy Road.If you can’t attend an open house, visit OregonPassengerRail.org until Sept. 23 to learn about the project and share your thoughts.

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