Dec. 6, 2013
For more information: Shelley M. Snow, ODOT Public Affairs, cell (503) 881-5362 or (503) 986-3438
“Mt. Jefferson” took trial run over Thanksgiving; “Mt. Bachelor” to join soon
New schedule will go into effect Jan. 6, 2014
SALEM — Over the next few weeks, passenger rail fans will notice Oregon’s two new 13-car trainsets periodically taking to the rails in the Willamette Valley and beyond. They’ll be rotating in and out of service in preparation for permanently joining the current fleet of five trains, bringing to seven the number of trains in the Amtrak Cascades fleet. The current plan is for the trains to be fully participating in “revenue service” in the Amtrak Cascades corridor beginning Jan. 6, 2014.
A new bus and train schedule for the Amtrak Cascades corridor will coincide with the addition of the two trainsets, named “Mt. Jefferson” and “Mt. Bachelor.” Mt Jefferson took its first revenue service run over the busy Thanksgiving holiday, and Mt. Bachelor will take its first one in the next week. ODOT Rail staff will update the Web page with information about which trains are running what routes whenever possible.
Features of the schedule that will go into effect after the new year include replacing several bus routes with trains, adding new stops on bus routes and adding new bus service. For example, Portland riders heading south will have an early morning train option for the first time; Eugene riders heading north will have a late afternoon train option for the first time. See attached for the details about the new schedule that impact service in Oregon.
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