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Arizona, Oregon transportation leaders seek public input on passenger rail


The Arizona and Oregon departments of transportation are seeking public comments and questions regarding proposals to expand passenger-rail service in their states.

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is studying the feasibility of a passenger-rail line between Phoenix and Tucson. As a result, ADOT is seeking public input on three alternatives selected for further study: the Green alternative, which would run along Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson; the Orange alternative, which would serve East Valley population centers and share part of its alignment with the planned North-South Freeway Corridor; and the Yellow alternative, which would also serve East Valley communities and share right of way with Union Pacific Railroad north of Eloy. All three alternatives would run along I-10 south of Eloy, ADOT officials said in a press release.

Department officials will participate in community outreach events to gather opinions and solicit public comments online through May 31.

Meanwhile, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Rail Division Administrator Hal Gard will answer questions at a public meeting on March 11 in Eugene, Ore., about the Oregon Passenger Rail Study, which will analyze ways to improve travel between Eugene-Springfield and Portland. ODOT also is developing enhancements to Eugene's historic train depot.