Brand new trains greet ready-to-ride passengers
“Mt. Bachelor” and “Mt. Jefferson” will soon join Amtrak Cascades fleet
SALEM — The purchase process has taken several years, but there is no doubt among many Oregonians – train fans, in particular – that it has been worth the wait. On Saturday, many of those fans were on hand to celebrate Oregon’s first state-owned passenger rail service trains. The Oregon Department of Transportation purchased two new 13-car trainsets using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and one of the trainsets was available for tours at Union Station in Portland. Both trainsets will soon rotate into the Amtrak Cascades fleet, which provides passenger rail service from Eugene to Vancouver, B.C.
ODOT Director Matt Garrett is especially proud of the public’s continued support for passenger rail, which contributes to our state’s high quality of life.