Oregon's new trains need your input on names!
April 12, 2013
For more information: Shelley M. Snow, ODOT Public Affairs, (503) 881-5362 or (503) 986-3438
SALEM – The Oregon Department of Transportation invites the public to help name its two new trains, scheduled to arrive in the Pacific Northwest this month. As components of the Amtrak Cascades fleet – and owned by Oregon – the trains will be named after Oregon peaks, but choosing which two peaks is up to the public. The list of potential names has been narrowed to: Mt. Bachelor, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. McLoughlin, Mt. Scott and Mt. Thielsen. Information about the trains and a link to the survey are available on ODOT’s website. The naming survey will continue through National Train Day, May 11; celebrations are planned that day in Klamath Falls, Eugene, Salem and Portland.
Oregon’s two new 13-car trainsets will join five other trains on the Amtrak Cascades corridor, providing service from Eugene to Vancouver, B.C. Two of the trains currently in service are owned by Amtrak (Mt. Hood and Mt. Olympus) and three are owned by Washington (Mt. Adams, Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier). Oregon purchased its own trains, using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to help ensure continued service in the Willamette Valley in coming years. The cost of the trainsets is $38.4 million, with an additional $6 million in expenses for consultants, spare parts, testing and the addition of WiFi.
Each of the new trains offers seating for 275 passengers, a bistro car, a dining car, bicycle storage, business class seating and other amenities. After route and employee familiarization testing, the trains will be rotated into revenue service, anticipated for sometime this summer. ODOT has photos and more details about the trainsets online at www.oregon.gov/ODOT.
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