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State commission delays Nyssa rail center decision, keeping project alive one more month

Greg Smith, Malheur County economic development director, and Larry Wilson, a Malheur County commissioner, urge the Oregon Transportation Commission on Thursday, June 19, to approve a proposed rail project in Nyssa. The meeting was in Salem. (Mark Ylen/Mid-Valley Media)

SALEM – Supporters of a $26 million-dollar rail reload facility north of Nyssa must wait until next month to find out whether the state will support the project.

The Oregon Transportation Commission voted to push a final decision on the Nyssa project – and two similar rail ventures in the Willamette Valley – to July 18.

The commission decision came after Mike Garrett, director of the state Transportation Department, said he could not recommend “advancing any of the three projects” at this time.

Commission Chair Tammy Baney said if the commission was “pushed to make a decision today . . .