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Draft “State Rail Plan” open for review, public input


May 6, 2014

For more information: Shelley M. Snow, Public Affairs, (503) 986-3438 or mobile, (503) 881-5362
SALEM – The Oregon Transportation Commission last month released the draft 2014 Oregon State Rail Plan, or SRP, for public review and comment. The purpose of the SRP is to help guide decisions about Oregon’s investments in the rail system. An 18-member steering committee helped assemble the goals, policies and strategic actions in the draft plan; now the public is invited to review the plan and provide input, which will be accepted until June 20.
The complete document is available online. To provide written comments or ask questions, contact Michael Rock at ODOT: Mailing address is Transportation Development Division, Planning Section; 555 13th Street NE, Suite 2, Salem, OR 97301-4178 or send an email to Michael.D.Rock@odot.state.or.us.
The Oregon Transportation Commission will also hold a public hearing to gather input on the plan at its meeting on May 16 in Astoria. The meeting will be at the Holiday Inn Express, 204 W. Marine Drive beginning at 10 a.m.
The SRP recognizes that rail is a crucial component of Oregon’s multimodal transportation system even though it is predominantly owned by private companies. Public-private partnerships are essential to assure that Oregon’s residents and businesses continue to reap the benefits rail services provide.
The steering committee considered a wide variety of factors in drafting the plan, including passenger and freight rail system needs, alternative funding scenarios and a potential framework for evaluating investment options. In-depth analyses and other information used in creating the draft plan is available on the project website.
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