The Oregon Department of Transportation is reminding the public of six open houses on its study of improving passenger rail service between Eugene and Portland.

The open house in Albany is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the meeting room of the Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Ave. S.E.

ODOT said the current study, expected to take until 2015, will help decide on a general passenger rail route and station locations, and evaluate options for train frequency, trip time, and improving on-time performance.

The needs and concerns of Oregon citizens are a key driver of the Oregon Passenger Rail study, according to the agency.

ODOT is holding the six “scoping open houses” to give the public an opportunity to learn more about this project and to help identify issues and a range of passenger rail route alternatives.

 The public is also invited to participate in an online open house between Sept. 6 and Sept. 23 at

The project is currently in the “scoping phase” — an early step in the process to identify issues to be addressed. Comments are encouraged throughout the study; however, comments must be received by Oct. 31 to be considered as part of the scoping.

All meetings run from 5 to 7 p.m., and free child care will be provided.

The lineup in addition to Albany:

Salem: Sept. 6, ODOT Transportation Building, Gail Achterman Conference Room 355 Capitol St. N.E., Salem, OR 97301

Oregon City: Sept. 11, Clackamas Community College, Gregory Forum Room A, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City, OR 97045.

Lake Oswego/Tualatin: Sept. 13, Phoenix Inn, 14905 Bangy Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97035.

Portland — Sept. 18, Metro Council Chambers , 600 N.E. Grand Ave., Portland, OR 97232.

Eugene/Springfield: Sept. 19, Atrium Building, lobby, 99 W. 10th Ave., Eugene, OR 97401

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