New Amtrak passenger trains are heading toward the Pacific Northwest; public asked to name them
SALEM – The Oregon Department of Transportation invites the public to help name its two new trains arriving in the Pacific Northwest this month. As part of the Amtrak Cascades fleet, the trains will be named after Oregon mountain peaks. But choosing which peaks is up to the public. The list of potential names has been narrowed to: Mt. Bachelor, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. McLoughlin, Mt. Scott and Mt. Thielsen. Information about the trains and a link to the survey are available on ODOT’s website. The naming survey will continue through National Train Day, May 11; celebrations are planned that day in Klamath Falls, Eugene, Salem and Portland.
Oregon’s two new 13-car trains will join five other trains on the Amtrak Cascades corridor which provides service from Eugene to Vancouver, B.C. Two of the trains are owned by Amtrak (Mt. Hood and Mt. Olympus) and three are owned by Washington (Mt. Adams, Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier). Oregon purchased its own trains using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to help ensure continued service in the Willamette Valley. The cost of the trains is $38.4 million, with an additional $6 million in expenses for consultants, spare parts, testing and the addition of WiFi.
Each of the new trains offers seating for 275 passengers, a bistro car, a dining car, bicycle storage, business class seating and other amenities. After route and employee training, the trains will be put into service sometime this summer. ODOT has photos and more details about the new trains online at www.oregon.gov/ODOT.