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The Oregon Department of Transportation is planning a new high-speed rail line through a 125-mile segment of the Willamette Valley from Eugene to Portland. While neither of the remaining two proposed routes goes through Benton County, high-speed rail with a stop in Albany could offer new options for mid-valley communities.

Jim Cox of ODOT and Linda Modrell of the Benton County Commission are scheduled to speak Monday, Jan. 13, to the Corvallis City Club about the project, the environmental impact of developing a new rail line and possible options for Benton County.

Jim Cox manages several passenger rail projects for ODOT’s rail division. He will describe the status of the project and the environmental issues raised by new rail line development.

Linda Modrell has served as a Benton County Commissioner since 1999. Her major interests include transportation, health, governance and water issues.

The Corvallis City Club meets in the Les Schwab Gym of the Boys & Girls Club, 1112 N.W. Circle Blvd. The meeting will begin at noon; doors open at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers. To register, send e-mail by Friday to Nick Houtman (nickhoutman@aol.com) with “City Club January 13” in the subject line.

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