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 has cut all national-network daily trains to 3- or 4-day-per-week service. AORTA finds that, rather than saving money, this has actually increased costs. Read details here. (January 2, 2021)

How Much Will Cuts to Amtrak Service Cost YOUR State? Rail Passengers Association & Transportation for America analysis (September 25, 2020).

► 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.

Light Rail Alternative to ODOT's I-5 Rose Quarter Project (August 16, 2020)

A better alternative to TriMet's Red Line Project (Aug. 2020)

A better alternative to TriMet's Hollywood Transit Center Proposal (Sep. 2020)

► I-5 - Interstate Bridge Replacement Program: Common Sense Alternative and Accompanying Explanatory Script

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

► Interstate Rail Commission enabling legislation
Sample from Mississippi, for creating the Southern Rail Commission

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

►View presentations and other information from the Montana Passenger Rail Summit, which was held on September 17, 2020.

Draft Compact to Establish a Northwest Rail Commission, December 5, 2020.
Based on the draft developed by All Aboard Washington.