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Oregon State Rail Plan

The Rail Plan was developed by ODOT’s Rail and Public Transit Division and ODOT's Transportation Development Division, Planning Section as part of the 2006 Oregon Transportation Plan (OTP). The Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) adopted the 2014 Oregon State Rail Plan in September 2014 in response to the 2008 Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act (PRIIA) which increased the level of state involvement in rail transportation and rail planning.

Oregon's residents and businesses can capitalize on the many benefits freight and passenger rail services provide:

  • The rail system is a significant conduit for economic and job activity.
  • The rail system improves connections for people and goods.
  • The rail system provides travel choice and relieves congestion.
  • Use of rail contributes positively to the environment.
  • When coordinated, rail enhances community quality of life.

Final Plan

Technical Memorandums


Stacy Snider, Rail Operations and Planning Section Manager
Rail and Public Transit Division

Bob Melbo, State Rail Planner
Rail and Public Transit Division

Project Management:

Michael Rock, Planning Unit Manager
Planning Section, Transportation Development Division