Oct. 9, 2013
For more information: Shelley Snow, Public Affairs, (503) 986-3438 or cell, (503) 881-5362
SALEM — The Oregon Department of Transportation and its partners invite the public to celebrate Oregon’s new passenger trains, which will soon join the Amtrak Cascades fleet operating from Eugene to Vancouver, B.C. Displays, speakers, giveaways and tours of the train will take place Sat., Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Portland’s Union Station, 800 NW 6th Ave.
Oregon’s new trains are Talgo Series 8 trains, and they are the only ones operating in the world. ODOT purchased the trains using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. To date Oregon has spent $38.4 million for the purchase of the trainsets and another $6 million for consultants, spare parts, testing and the addition of WiFi. Oregon purchased its own trains to preserve passenger rail service in the Willamette Valley and to position the state for improved service in the future.
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