Nyssa’s rail facility has ‘reasonable chance’ to succeed, consultants conclude

VALE – Malheur County officials who were on the verge of losing a proposed rail shipping center have now persuaded a state consultant the project has a “reasonable chance” to be a success, according to a new report released Wednesday.

“The additional information suggests that the proposed service is different from what is currently offered, will be of value to Treasure Valley shippers and has a reasonable chance of operational and economic viability,” the Tioga Group wrote in a review submitted to the state Transportation Department.

The new assessment was released Wednesday, just one day before the Oregon Transportation Commission is scheduled to make a final decision on the proposal. The Tioga Group, a Pennsylvania firm, was hired by the state last year to evaluate the Nyssa proposal and similar ventures in the Willamette Valley.

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