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Talk Trains In Eugene Tuesday

Jes Burns

A report out Monday says Americans are increasing their use of public transportation. This is true in the northwest where the Cascade Line between Eugene and Vancouver, BC is one of the fastest growing rail lines in the country. Tuesday, there's a conversation about rail in Eugene.

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and Oregon Department of Transportation Rail Division Administrator Hal Guard will talk trains Tuesday at the Eugene train station. Eugene Transportation Planning Manager Rob Inerfeld says ODOT has purchased more train sets, adding to the number of trips between Eugene and Portland.

Inerfeld: "So now, instead of having 2 passenger trains leave Eugene in the morning, there's actually one in the morning and one in the afternoon. And, one thing this does is it allows people from Portland to come down to Eugene for the day, on a business or pleasure trip."

There are also 4 buses that take passengers up and down 1-5 each day. Inerfeld says the discussion will look at the bigger picture of passenger rail in the Willamette Valley. The public is invited Tuesday evening at 6 at the Eugene Downtown train station.

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