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Oregon State Rail Plan Update

State Rail Plan: Adopted September 18, 2014

The Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) adopted the 2014 Oregon State Rail Plan at their September 18, 2014 meeting in Salem.

Additional items from the OTC adoption packet include:

Technical Memorandums

The 2014 Oregon State Rail Plan is supported by five Technical Memorandums that serve as background for the document. These documents, which reflect the latest information at the time of their development, are included below for reference. Readers should refer to the Final Plan for the latest information.

For questions, contact Michael Rock.

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Background

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) developed the first State Rail Plan in 1978, and the Agency updated it in 2001. The Rail Plan is a state modal transportation plan under the 2006 Oregon Transportation Plan (OTP) and a key element of Oregon's transportation planning program. The Rail Plan and other statewide transportation modal plans (e.g. Oregon Public Transportation Plan) and topic plans (e.g. Oregon Freight Plan) further define and implement the OTP's goals, policies and strategies for managing, developing and investing in Oregon's transportation system.

The 2008 Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act (PRIIA) increased the level of state involvement in rail transportation and rail planning. PRIIA requires states to produce and update a state rail plan to establish policy, priorities and implementation strategies for freight and passenger rail transportation.
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Steering Committee

A Steering Committee, appointed by ODOT's Director, represented key stakeholders and subject experts and helped produce a comprehensive, long-range and strategic Rail Plan for Oregon that:
  • Sets forth state policy involving freight and passenger rail, including commuter rail operations,
  • Identifies statewide rail policies, programs, strategies and potential funding sources,
  • Presents strategies to enhance rail service in the state that benefits the public, including improvements in connectivity to transit and other modes of transportation,
  • Serves as the policy basis for federal and state rail investments throughout Oregon.
Read more information on the Steering Committee including materials for each meeting.
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Relationship to Other Rail Projects

While the two projects were coordinated, the State Rail Plan is a separate effort from the Oregon Passenger Rail Project currently studying ways to improve intercity passenger rail service along the Portland to Eugene Corridor. The State Rail Plan looks at policies, priorities, challenges and opportunities for the rail system statewide. The Oregon Passenger Rail Project is more detailed and focuses on important decisions that will result in a Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Willamette Valley corridor.

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Contacts

Staff involvement in State Rail Plan was a joint effort between the ODOT Rail and Public Transit Division and ODOT's Transportation Development Division, Planning Section. Contacts for staff in both work groups are provided below.

ODOT Rail and Public Transit Division Contacts:
Stacy Snider, Rail Operations and Planning Section Manager
(503) 986-5190
Stacy.E.Snider@odot.state.or.us

Bob Melbo, State Rail Planner
(503) 986-4137
Robert.I.Melbo@odot.state.or.us
Project Management:
Michael Rock, Principal Planner
Planning Section, Transportation Development Division
(503) 986-3179
Michael.D.Rock@odot.state.or.us
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