Transportation Issues

From time to time, AORTA takes official positions on issues related to rail and other transportation modes. We also offer summary information about the advantages of rail and public transit.


Amtrak is proposing to cut all national-network daily trains to 3- or 4-day-per-week service. AORTA finds that, rather than saving money, this would actually increase costs. Read details here.

Proposal for funding Oregon intercity passenger services, including rail and other forms of public transit.

AORTA is working to bring passenger rail service to Eastern Oregon.

A proposal for improved light-rail (MAX) service in the Portland metro area

An alternative to Portland's proposed RQ/I-5 freeway widening project

Transportation for America proposal
Improving and expanding passenger rail service in the U.S.

It’s Time For America To Get Serious About Fixing The Trains


How can we have better passenger rail service in the U.S.? [view] [print]

How does rail compare with other transportation modes?

AORTA's position on high-speed rail in the Pacific Northwest