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ODOT High-Speed Rail Open Houses Begin May 13

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The Oregon Department of Transportation is hosting a series of open house meetings on the state’s Draft goals for high-speed rail between Eugene and Portland. Meetings will include a short presentation and allow citizens to share feedback. ODOT says that citizen feedback is crucial to ensuring the success of Oregon’s passenger rail program, so if you want to have an influence on the future of rail travel in the Valley, plan to attend one of these sessions. Even if you cannoit make it to tonight’s opener in Salem, there are eight more between now and June 9. Among the topics ODOT wants to consider is whether Cascades trains south of Portland should remain on the Union Pacific or be rerouted onto the former Oregon Electric interurban line (now Portland & Western). (Note: this route would still not go through Corvallis.) Also likely to be aired is an independent proposal for a new dedicated high-speed line in the I-5 median. There could be other surprises; check the schedule below. More information at ODOT.

Dates and Locations:

May 13, 2010 4:30-6:30 p.m.
ODOT Transportation Building
Conference Room 122
355 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR

May 18, 2010 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Campbell Center
155 High Street
Eugene, OR

May 19, 2010 4:30-6:30 p.m.
ODOT Region 1 Office
Conference Room A & B
123 NW Flanders
Portland, OR

May 20, 2010 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Wilsonville City Hall
City Council Chambers
29799 SW Town Center Loop
Wilsonville, OR

May 25, 2010 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Albany City Hall
333 Broadalbin Street SW
Albany, OR

May 26, 2010 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Oregon City City Hall
Commission Chambers
625 Center Street
Oregon City, OR

June 2, 2010 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Woodburn City Hall
270 Montgomery Street
Woodburn, OR

June 3, 2010 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Lake Oswego City Hall
Council Chambers
380 A Ave.
Lake Oswego, OR

June 9, 2010 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Junction City City Hall
680 Greenwood Street
Junction City, OR

One Place for All Your High-Speed Rail News

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With high-speed rail capturing the public’s imagination, Planetizen is pleased to launch a new website dedicated to covering high-speed rail in the United States. HSR News ( will be a centralized source of information and objective news coverage of the high-speed rail boom, which has received a significant push from the Obama administration.

On January 28th, 2010, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) awarded $8 billion to states across the U.S. to develop a nationwide program of high-speed intercity passenger rail service. Projects are happening at a breakneck pace across the nation in order to take advantage of stimulus funding, and HSR News will be following every step.

David J. Carol, Market Leader of High-Speed Rail at Parsons Brinkerhoff, helped launch the new site with an editorial explaining “Five Things You Need to Know About High-Speed Rail.” Carol wrote, “Planetizen’s new website, HSR News [will…] focus on key issues relating to implementation of HSR, offering a path through the rhetoric of advocates and opponents and provide a platform to appreciate both the benefits and limitations of this important mode of transportation.”

While HSR News will cover the details of the business side of high-speed rail, the goal of the site is to bring the topic into focus for a national audience. “We saw that the general public is very excited about high-speed rail, and want to know the real story,” said managing editor Tim Halbur. “HSR News will be a place for objective reporting and lively discussion from experts on all sides.” HSR News will also track news about established systems in Spain, China, Korea, Japan and around the world.

HSR News is produced by Planetizen (, the foremost news and information site for the urban planning, design and development community.

Links: HSR News