Just a quick hit from the morning paper...
The proposal for the Brooks-Hopmere Intermodal Facility is worth noting. It would be a transfer site for loading freight from truck to rail as a better way to reach more distant ports for international shipments. With the Port of Portland's struggles, this would make reaching larger ports easier than long slogs up and down I-5. The Brooks-Hopemere site is sandwiched between the Portland & Western (old Oregon Electric) and the main Union Pacific lines, at least on the surface giving the appearance of flexibility and versatility.
This has been percolating for a while, so it's not exactly new news. The pre-proposal packets largely date from November and December:
In July the Capital Press had a piece that went into more detail on potential problems
, one of them being a mismatch with the source and flow of empty containers, another the existence of transfer facilities already in the Portland area, and both the SJ and CP pieces are worth a read.
This would be a significant regional transportation hub, and even if it's outside the usual Salem and urban focus here, it is worth knowing about.
The OTC met earlier this week, and the SJ reports it's Millersburg:
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