I passionately support the project. I have ridden the train to Vancouver over the past years although it takes many more hours to get there and the timing is something akin to the night trains of europe.
I have participated in many surveys..and I must comment that the administration of AMTRAK from the Eastern Seaboard, design surveys meant for them, not us here in the PNW..for instance one question was whether we would use this train for our commute..PDX-Vancouver?! 10 hours..maybe if not longer each way? I find that the matrix used to understand rail use in our part of the country are always justified and denied on an eastern seaboard decision platform. This goes too for the train line to Boise..our west to east connection. While in Joseph this summer, many there said that although they had to board the train in the dead of night is was the only way they got to visit relatives in western oregon. Clearly there is a desire, and a true need, but our region should not be beholden to the Eastern Seaboards mentality concerning numbers.
We must go our own way here, as was the case with the early moves on light rail, streetcars and bike lanes..if we wait always for the east to catch up to our wilingness to work towards the public good..our life here as Oregonians, the spirit with which we work together, will be held hostage by those living on the otherside of the country, whose politics are more divisive.
Connect our region with intelligent transportation options and widen our own economies...
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