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Listening to the show. The current corridor, the Union Pacific corridor, was designated 20 years ago by the federal government as the Pacific Northwest Corridor. Oregon DOT, on its own, initiated the idea of moving the corridor to the Oregon Electric line. As a correction, the line through Lake Oswego is not the Red Electric, or Oregon Electric line. It is the Tillamook Line, originally own by Southern Pacific, now by Union Pacific, and leased by a short line, the Willamette Pacific Railroad, also called the Portland and Western. The Tillamook line crosses the OE in Tualatin, but there is no physical connection. The OE has any number of fatal flaws.
ODOT's decision to move the alighnment is a major reason that the state got so little money because it now must do a costly, wasteful study, which will put the state even further behind the rest of the country in improving passenger rail. The UP alignment has the capacity, with investment, to handle both passenger and freight growth for many years to come.
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