High-speed Oregon rail travel under discussion

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EUGENE, Ore. — The future of high-speed rail travel in Oregon is under discussion.

The Oregon Passenger Rail Leadership Council is a 21-member group considering four alternatives to the future route of passenger rail in the Willamette Valley.

The Register-Guard reports the group includes five city mayors, six legislators and transit officials from the state, Portland and Lane County.

Securing money for any project is an obstacle for the group, as the routes would be hugely expensive to create. It is possible a new line might never be built.

The study is under way with the leadership council set to choose one of the four by fall of 2014.