Oregon turns down Cal agency's bid for rail grant

ROSEBURG — A California group trying to buy part of the Siskiyou rail line has been rejected for a ConnectOregon infrastructure grant.

The Oregon Department of Transportation's development division ruled last week that the application by the Siskiyou Regional Railroad Authority does not meet feasibility criteria.

The authority had sought a grant for $13.4 million to help pay for an 80-mile section of the Siskiyou Summit line and to provide for six months of operational costs. The section includes about 14 miles of track between the California border and Ashland.

The authority — formed by the California cities of Weed and Montague — has 30 days to appeal the decision.

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