Category Archives: Transportation Commission

The Oregon Transportation Commission Again Defers Approval of Pricey Rail Projects Fronted by Rep. Greg Smith

“Commercial viability is the question.” The Oregon Transportation Commission on June 20 declined to approve two multi-million rail projects that lawmakers agreed to fund two years ago. “If we made the decision today, it would be ‘no,’” OTC chairwoman Tammy Baney told disappointed proponents at the OTC’s monthly meeting in Salem. Source: The Oregon Transportation […]
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Editorial: Intermodal project faces month’s delay

It was the faintest of endorsements. The Tioga Group, consultants hired by the state of Oregon to assess proposals from three communities seeking an intermodal transportation facility, gave a slight edge to a plan from Millersburg over a competing project from Brooks, farther north on Interstate 5. Source: Editorial: Intermodal project faces month’s delay | […]
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Oregon intermodal proposals face further scrutiny

Oregon transportation officials are currently leaning against funding truck-to-rail intermodal projects aimed at improving agricultural exports from the Willamette and Treasure valleys. Source: Oregon intermodal proposals face further scrutiny

Intermodal funding decision delayed until July 18

Sponsors of proposed intermodal transportation projects in Millersburg, Brooks and Nyssa have until 5 p.m. Friday, July 12, to lay their cards on the table and disclose as much financial data about potential costs and income as they can to members of the Oregon Transportation Commission. Source: Intermodal funding decision delayed until July 18 | […]
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Oregon Transportation Commission to decide on Malheur County rail project

On Thursday the Oregon Transportation Commission is scheduled to discuss and consider approving the Treasure Valley Reload Center and $26 million in state funds. Three years of effort to open a rail shipping center in Nyssa now comes down to the vote of five people in Salem on Thursday. Source: Oregon Transportation Commission to decide […]
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Capitol roundup: Electric motors could be OK’d on Devils, Todd and other lakes

School restraints, a squabble over campaign reform and Bigfoot also items in Salem. Gov. Kate Brown has been busily signing new laws, a clear sign that most bills born at the beginning of the 2019 session of the Legislature in January are now dead or on her desk in June. House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, […]
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Millersburg intermodal project in the home stretch

After nearly two decades as a Linn County commissioner, Roger Nyquist said he’s learned that “public infrastructure projects don’t always go according to plan.” “You have to work at it and stay with it,” he said. “Often, if it’s worth doing, it’s difficult.” But, Nyquist added, residents of Linn County will reap rewards for decades […]
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Malheur County Development Corporation finds 2,000 rail cars for reload project

Another detail the Malheur County Development Corporation has needed to secure the Oregon Transportation Commission’s approval of its reload center project is now in place with the expressed interest of a firm which leases rail cars to serve the center and shippers who utilize it. Source: Malheur County Development Corporation finds 2,000 rail cars for […]
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State agency pushes out decision on rail centers in Nyssa, Willamette Valley

A decision on whether to allow sponsors of the proposed Treasure Valley Reload Center to move forward will now be delayed until at least June. This is because the Oregon Transportation Commission is waiting for Union Pacific Railroad officials to report on whether they believe there will be enough demand for service to make the […]
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State agency pushes out decision on rail centers in Nyssa, Willamette Valley

A decision on whether to allow sponsors of the proposed Treasure Valley Reload Center to move forward will now be delayed until at least June. This is because the Oregon Transportation Commission is waiting for Union Pacific Railroad officials to report on whether they believe there will be enough demand for service to make the […]
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