Posts Tagged ‘Oregon’

Thruway Services Changed in Oregon

February 14, 2020

Effective Feb. 18 the operations of the Pacific Crest Amtrak Thruway Service will change.

Buses 8309 and 8310 will no longer serve the Oregon cities of Coos Bay, Reedsport and Florence.

However, those buses will begin stopping in Sisters, Oregon. The schedule times have been adjusted for both buses.

Oregon Rally Calls for Return of the Pioneer

November 12, 2019

The Association of Oregon Rail and Transit Advocates held a rally on Oct. 26 to call for reinstatement of at least a portion of Amtrak’s former Pioneer route.

The rally drew nearly 100 people and was held in La Grande, Oregon, with assistance from All Aboard Washington.

The Pioneer operated between Seattle and Salt Lake City before being discontinued in May 1997.

AORTA would at a minimum like to see service restored to Northeast Oregon, perhaps between Portland and Boise, Idaho.

“We need your help if [the return of passenger train service] is going to happen,” said AORTA President Joe Nuxoll. “It will be a longer term effort.”

Speakers at the rally called for communicating with legislators about restoring Amtrak service to Northeast Oregon.

Some spoke about how they missed passenger train service.

“I’m 79 — don’t know how much longer I can drive long distances. I need to travel monthly to Boise and Portland,” one attendee wrote on a display paper.

Oregon POINT Bus Service Resumes Normal Schedule

October 30, 2019

The completion of a construction project involving Interstate 5 has meant that POINT Bus Service is back to normal in Oregon.

The service connects Amtrak trains in the state and had been disrupted by the I-5 work.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said normal schedules resumed on Oct. 28.

For updates or more information on the highway construction on I-5 and impact for travel, visit https://www.oregon.gov/odot/projects/pages/projectdetails.aspx?project=19831

Corvallis Amtrak Shuttle to be Discontinued

August 7, 2019

A shuttle connecting Corvallis, Oregon, with the Amtrak station in Albany, Oregon, is being discontinued, but a bus line linking the two cities will be increased.

The shuttle will operate for the last time on Aug. 19.

It began in August 2017 as a two-year pilot program with funding provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Benton County continued to pay for the shuttle after state funding ended last fall.

County officials have said the fund they were using to pay for the shuttle has run out of money.

Passengers who bought tickets to ride the shuttle beyond Aug. 19 can obtain a refund by emailing help@corvallistoamtrak.com.

The Coast to Valley bus service between Corvallis and Albany will expand to eight trips using money that will become available in October that was part of a $5.3 billion program budget approved by the legislature.

Additional bus service between Corvallis and Albany is provided by the Linn-Benton Loop.

Oregon Thruway Stop Dropped

May 30, 2019

Effective June 1 the Amtrak High Desert POINT Thruway bus will no longer stop at the Bend River House in Oregon.

In a service advisory Amtrak said buses will continue to stop at the Bend Hawthorne Station, which is 1.7 miles from Bend River House. All traffic in and out of Bend will be at the intermodal facility located at 344 Hawthorne Avenue.

Buses 6111, 6114, 6211 and 6214 will continue to stop at Redmond, Bend (Hawthorne Avenue), Sun River, LaPine and Chemult to connect with the Coast Starlight.

Oregon DOT Seeks Public Comment on Proposal

November 30, 2018

Public comment is being solicited by the Oregon Department of Transportation on a draft environmental impact statement concerning a proposed passenger-rail service expansion between Portland and the Eugene-Springfield area.

Public hearings will be held in December in Oregon City, Albany, Salem and Eugene. Comments can also be posted on the agency’s website through Dec. 18.

The proposal outlines two routes for the 125-mile service.

One alternative is to use the existing Amtrak Cascades route while another route would be established along Interstate 5 between Springfield and Oregon City.

Oregon transportation officials and the Federal Railroad Administration have expressed a preference for the existing Cascades route.

ODOT has been studying ways to improve the frequency, convenience, speed and reliability of intercity passenger-rail service between Portland and Eugene.

Aside from Cascades Service trains, the route also is served by the Seattle-Los Angeles Coast Starlight.

Track Work to Disrupt Coast Starlight

May 22, 2018

Union Pacific track work will disrupt the operations of Amtrak’s Coast Starlight late this month and early next month in Oregon.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said that on May 28 and 29 and on June 5, Train No. 11 will terminate at Eugene. Buses will transport passengers between Eugene and Klamath Falls, stopping at Chemult.

The train may be delayed between 30 and 60 minutes departing Klamath Falls.

On the same dates, Train No. 14 will terminate at Klamath Falls with buses operating between Klamath Falls and Eugene, stopping at Chemult.

A connection to Train No. 28, the eastbound Empire Builder, at Portland will be made via Bus 5528 at Eugene.

On the days of service disruptions, Train No. 14 may be delayed between 6 and 7 hours.

On June 5, Train No. 14 will not depart Klamath Falls until 10:45 a.m.