Washington County Commuter Rail Groundbreaking celebration!

Update: 10/22/06

Jim Mayer has a piece in the Oregonian this morning that explores in detail the issues of operating on the freight line.

Original Post: 10/20/06

MEDIA ADVISORY

Washington County Commuter Rail Groundbreaking celebration!
Oct. 25th event at Tigard Transit Center

After 10 years of planning, the 14.7-mile Washington County Commuter Rail Project will celebrate its groundbreaking on Wednesday, Oct. 25th at the Tigard Transit Center. The line will connect the cities of Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin and Wilsonville and become Oregon’s first commuter rail project when it opens in September 2008.

Who:

US Senator Ron Wyden
US Senator Gordon Smith
US Rep. David Wu
US Rep. Darlene Hooley
Federal Transit Administration Deputy Administrator Sandra Bushue
Washington County Chair Tom Brian
TriMet General Manager Fred Hansen
Oregon Transportation Commissioner Janice Wilson
Portland & Western President and General Manager Bruce Carswell

What:

Groundbreaking celebration for Washington County Commuter Rail
Speakers will arrive at the event on a vintage Portland & Western train

Where:

Tigard Transit Center
8900 SW Commercial

When:

Wednesday, Oct. 25th – 10:30 AM

About the project:

Washington County Commuter Rail will offer a new transportation option in the heavily traveled I-5/Hwy 217 corridor. Using existing Portland & Western freight tracks, the new line will provide commuters with morning and evening rush hour service on weekdays, and connect with Blue and Red MAX trains and bus service in Beaverton, and local bus service in Tigard, Tualatin and Wilsonville. Up to 800 park & ride spaces will be available at four of the five stations. Travel time between Beaverton and Wilsonville is 27 minutes; by the year 2020 a car trip between those cities is expected to be 40 minutes. Top speed of the train is 60 mph and will average 37 mph. Cost of the project is $117.3 million, with the federal government providing 50 percent of the funds. Weekday ridership is expected to be 3,000-4,000 trips estimated by 2020, with half of the riders new to transit.

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