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Amtrak looking to enhance service across the country and here in Oregon

President Biden's infrastructure bill proposes allocating $80 million to Amtrak.

Posted: Apr 7, 2021 8:17 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Amtrak is planning on improving service around the country, including in Oregon, with the help of President Joe Biden's infrastructure bill.  

The railroad company has laid out a plan called Vision 2035. With money from the infrastructure bill, they would enhance service in major corridors and add new routes serving cities that currently do not have access to the national rail network.

In Oregon, Amtrak plans to add more trains, rebuild bridges, and lay new rail between Eugene and Portland. The hope is to speed up trains and increase frequency, encouraging more people to take the train instead of drive.

Arthur Quier is visiting from California and he said he prefers taking the train compared to a bus. 

"I like the way the train rides," Quier said. "When I was a kid they put me on a train and I’d rather ride the train than take the bus, it’s safer."

Because of the pandemic, Amtrak cut train service across the country. Currently, there is only one daily Amtrak Cascade train to Portland. The only other way to the Portland area is by bus.

The bill proposes allocating $80 million to Amtrak. The company said they would use this money for Vision 2035. But this is only if the infrastructure bill is able to get through Congress. 

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