Sunday, June 8, 2014

Going to Eugene this Summer?

Consider trying the Amtrak Cascades, a nice way to go.  
With a nice 30% fare discount running until Sep. 12

Take Amtrak Cascades to Eugene: Leave your car and save big! (PDF attached) 06/04/2014

June 4, 2014

For more information: Shelley M. Snow, ODOT Public Affairs, (503) 986-3438, mobile/text: (503) 881-5362

SALEM - The Oregon Department of Transportation is partnering with Amtrak Cascades and Lane Transit District for the ninth annual "Dump the Pump" campaign, encouraging commuters and other travelers to take an alternative to a personal car on an upcoming journey or two...or ten!

During June, if your destination, via Amtrak Cascades or POINT (Amtrak Thruway) bus, is Eugene*, then you get a free day pass for Lane Transit District (LTD). LTD provides connections in Eugene, Springfield and throughout Lane County – even up to the McKenzie River area. It just goes to show: sometimes you can get around without a car!

National "Dump the Pump Day," Thursday, June 19, is aimed at raising awareness of the financial and environmental benefits of choosing a commute option other than driving alone (use an alternate mode of transportation, and you don't have to go to the gas pump!). In addition to saving on LTD bus fares, travelers on Amtrak Cascades in the Willamette Valley may take advantage of a 30% discount running now until Sept. 12. (You must use this link to access the discount.)

"We're hoping people who haven't taken our passenger trains lately, or ever, will venture out," said Hal Gard, ODOT Rail & Public Transit Division Administrator. "We have the two new trainsets now, so we're encouraging everyone to consider the train/bus option. Give it a try – you might find you really like it."

Get the details (PDF attached) on the free day pass from LTD, and prepare to dump the pump!


*Take the train or bus from Portland, Oregon City, Woodburn, Salem or Albany. For 30% off details, visit


Second of Two Great Events (starting) at Straub, Sunday June 15

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Spring Nature Hike
Sunday, June 15th
Kingston Prairie
Meet at Straub Environmental Center to carpool
8am - 11:30am

This 52-acre Nature Conservancy Preserve southeast of Stayton is the best example of native prairie remaining in the Central Willamette Valley. Both wet and dry habitats harbor native grasses and a host of wildflowers. The hike is free and open to the public.

To register and get carpooling instructions, call John Savage at 503-399-8615 after 7p.m.

First of Two Great Events at Straub Environmental Center

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Citizen Science Class
Saturday, June 14th
Straub Environmental Center
12noon - 4pm

Citizen Science is the collection and analysis of data relating to the natural world by members of the general public, typically as part of a collaborative project with professional scientists.
Join other community members in an opportunity to be involved in collecting authentic and meaningful data to support the preservation of species and ecosystems with our first ever Citizen Science Class at Straub Enviornmental Center!

In partnership with the City of Salem and School District employees, participants will:
  • Participate in two local data collection projects – Urban Tree Inventory and Neighborhood Inventory
  • Investigate a wide variety of regional and national data collection opportunities online
  • Select a project to participate in
  • Share the experience of data collection at an August meeting
Please RSVP at or via phone at (503) 391-4145

Awesome resource for every thinker: Quandl - Find, Use and Share Numerical Data

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