Transportation

21st Century Transportation

Improving passenger rail is an essential step to keeping commuters and commerce moving in Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest. 

Fast trains slowly appearing on the horizon

By | David Rosenfeld
Executive Director

Many Willamette Valley commuters and businesses frustrated at I-5 rush hour and gas prices have longed for a convenient, reliable and speedy train between Portland and Eugene. The solutions aren’t quite around the bend yet, but some important behind-the-scenes activity in recent months might create a path towards greater transit choices for Oregon’s consumers and businesses. 

Report | OSPIRG Foundation | Tax, Transportation

High-Speed Rail: Public Private or Both?

A report by OSPIRG Foundation's national office assessing the prospects, promise and pitfalls of public-private partnerships.

Report | OSPIRG Foundation | Transportation

How Speculation is Affecting Gasoline Prices Today

Excellent report by the Political Economy Research Institute

Without the influence of large-scale speculative trading on oil in the commodities futures market, the average price of gasoline at the pump in April would have been $3.13 rather than $3.96.

News Release | OSPIRG | Transportation

Good news for rail today

U.S. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood announced $2B in high-speed rail grants today, including over $16 million for Oregon and Washington. Today’s announcement is another step towards reducing our dependence on four dollar a gallon gas, giving us better alternatives to being stuck in traffic, and fewer dollars wasted widening highways and adding runways.

News Release | OSPIRG Foundation | Transportation

Mad Men Make "Funny or Die" Video for High-Speed Rail

Two lead actors from the hit television show Mad Men throw their support behind high-speed rail in a humorous new online video posted today on Funnyordie.com.

Rail: Neither Right Nor Left, But Forward

By | David Rosenfeld
Executive Director

From the Frontier Group blog: "I hate to call attention to George Will’s latest column – a psycho-political portrait that seeks to explain why liberals supposedly adore high-speed rail. It’s an asinine column, for sure. But it is asinine in a particularly instructive way. For while Will seeks to shine a light on the workings of the progressive mind, he winds up shining a light into his own – and into the minds of the current crop of rail haters."

"Rail means jobs"

By | David Rosenfeld
Executive Director

Another insightful blog post by US DOT Secretary Ray LaHood, this time following a visit to Indiana, where rail equipment manufacturing is on the upswing, along with an increase in good-paying American jobs.

OPB & High Speed Rail

By | David Rosenfeld
Executive Director

I was on OPB’s Think Out Loud this morning talking about high speed rail. Big thanks to OPB for featuring this important topic. I had three short opportunities to comment, during which I made the following points...

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