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KEZI Eugene (ABC)
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EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy is looking toward the future of high speed rail in Oregon.

On Wednesday, State Representative Phil Barnhart, Piercy, and student group OSPIRG gathered to discuss a new rail report, which highlights the importance and economic benefits of a faster transportation system.

About $4 million is being set aside for the Portland/Eugene area to study the best ways align their portion of the rail corridor.

"Any improvement in the rail from here on up to British Columbia really affects the quality of our entire Cascadia rail system.  That's good for Eugene, Oregon.  I'm happy to work on it.  [I] think it's really important for jobs and our economy," said Kitty Piercy, Eugene Mayor.

The biggest challenge is Eugene's rail is on a freight system, which averages speed of 40 miles per hour.

However, high speed rail works on a different system at triple the speed.

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