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April 12, 2013
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Suggested lead: Pick a peak and name a train: ODOT asks for input
Oregon’s two new trains will need names when they get here later this month, and the Oregon Department of Transportation wants you to help them choose which of five peaks the two trains should be named after. ODOT Rail Operations Manager Stacy Snider explains:
Snider: So all of the current Cascades trains are named after mountains within the Cascades range, except for Mt. Olympus, which is in the coastal range side of things, and so we’re following that same principal by naming our trains with mountaintops; so we’ve chosen five mountaintops that are in the Cascades ranges within Oregon to choose from in the survey. :21
Should one be Mt. Jefferson and one Mt. McLoughlin? Another option is Mt. Scott, or perhaps it should be Mt. Bachelor? No matter what the names end up being, there’s no doubt passenger rail in Oregon remains popular.
Gard: We’ve seen a 250% increase since we started serving in 1994, when we had 60,000, slightly over 60,000 riders; last year we had over 250,000 riders. :13
ODOT Rail Administrator Hal Gard said the two new trainsets will each accommodate 275 passengers and each offers a dining car, a bistro car, bicycle storage, business class seating and more. The trains will join five other trains on the Amtrak Cascades service, providing service from Eugene to Vancouver, B.C. Though no new service is planned, the fact that Oregon will now own its own trains means service can continue and potentially expand in the future. First things first, though -- the trains need names. Find the survey on ODOT’s website, www.oregon.gov/ODOT.
Reporting from Salem, I’m Shelley Snow.