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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...

Media Hit | Transportation

Oregon must relax limits on use of money for road work

This opinion piece by former ODOT Rail Director Claudia Howells examines our broken transportation funding system.

Report | OSPIRG Foundation | Transportation

Do Roads Pay for Themselves?

Disproves the common misperception that road building is paid for by user fees, otherwise known as the federal gas tax.

Media Hit | Transportation

Northwest Rail Projects Receive Federal Money

Oregon receives almost $2 million in federal funding for our high-speed rail corridor.

Media Hit | Transportation

Higher-speed rail: Interstate 5 corridor ideal for a fast track to a better Oregon

Former Salem Mayor Janet Taylor writes an opinion piece for the Oregonian about how improving our rail system in Oregon will help commuters and create jobs.

Media Hit | Transportation

High Speed Rail = Oregon Jobs, Report Says

KLCC covers OSPIRG's newest high-speed rail report release, and the planning process for improving our passenger rail line in Oregon.

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