Welcome to AORTA
AORTA—The Association of Oregon Rail and Transit Advocates—is a 501(c)(3) non-profit citizen advocacy group working to educate the public about the need for safe, fiscally responsible, environmentally sound transportation. It is also known as the Oregon Association of Railway Passengers (OreARP). AORTA works cooperatively with the national Rail Passengers Association (RPA) while maintaining its autonomy.
AORTA is actively working to restore, and even expand, passenger rail service to Eastern Oregon.
AORTA is not just about rail passenger service. Its members recognize the need for balanced transportation services using all the modes appropriate for the area, the environment, the population served, and the funding available for such services. These include rapid transit, light rail, and bus. A comprehensive multi-modal transportation system will also lay the foundation for high-speed rail in the Northwest, a long-term vision that AORTA supports.
AORTA is building sustainable transportation for Oregon!
** As part of Amtrak's reduction of national network train service, the Coast Starlight and Empire Builder now only operate three days per week. Visit the Issues page for more information. **
** The Oregon Passenger Rail Summit Zoom session has been recorded. A link to the session, along with presentations, is provided at the Oregon Passenger Rail Summit page. **