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All aboard! New trains coming to Oregon
04/19/2012
With passenger rail seeing record ridership, later this year Oregonians will see new trains running the tracks between Portland and Eugene.  Oregon has purchased two new 13-car “trainsets,” manufactured by Talgo, using federal funds from the Recovery Act. The trains are currently being put together at Talgo’s plan in Wisconsin and are expected to arrive in Seattle in June. There they will undergo testing before being put into service this fall.
 
The new trainsets offer seating for 275 passengers and will be placed in the same pool with the existing five trains providing the Cascades Amtrak service. The five trainsets now operating in the Cascades corridor are stretched to their limit covering existing service commitments, and any planned expansion would not be possible without additional trains.

Washington will be expanding service, adding two additional round-trips between Portland and Seattle in 2017. Because Washington DOT owns three of the current five trains and Amtrak owns the other two, that expansion could have meant a disruption in or elimination of service between Portland and Eugene. To ensure equipment is available for Portland-Eugene service, Oregon opted to purchase trains that can be used cooperatively with the current fleet everywhere in the corridor. By owning trains, Oregon will have a stronger role as a partner in the Cascades corridor. 
 
To keep up with the latest on the new trains, visit ODOT’s Talgo train webpage.