Stretching the line

ODOT considers the possibility of extending the WES line to Salem.

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The Westside Express Service has struggled to get riders on board since it began running in February. But a study is looking at the logistics of stretching the line from its current route to reach the Willamette Valley.

As the Westside Express Service struggles to attract riders, a study is looking at what it would take to stretch the line from the Portland suburbs to Salem. House Bill 2408, signed into law last month, directs the Oregon Department of Transportation to consider what that stretch would entail…

It took 13 years and $166 million to get WES running. One supporter of extending the passenger rail service thinks the line can be extended nearly twice the distance for approximately the same price.

Read the full story at the Daily Journal of Commerce.