TOPIC: TECHNOLOGY - SPRING 2014 - ISSUE 1
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"Southern Oregon is strategically located midway between Portland and San Francisco on Interstate 5, with convenient connections to both the Oregon Coast and Eastern Oregon. The region is a major commercial motor freight transportation hub, with more that 30 interstate, intrastate, and less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers based locally, along with numerous truck brokers. Rail freight service is available through Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad, connecting the region north to Eugene and south to California. Air freight services are provided by Airborne Express, DHL, FedEx, H&S Packing, Pony Express, UPS and others.” (Source: SOREDI)


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Aviation:

The Rogue Valley International – Medford Airport is the 3rd largest commercial service airport in Oregon, serving Southern Oregon and Northern California.  Located in Medford, just 15 miles north of Ashland, the airport is the gateway to some of the state’s most gorgeous scenic and untamed areas.  From Crater Lake National Park and the Cascade Mountains (Pacific Ring of Fire), to the wild and scenic Rogue River gorge, Rogue Valley International is the region’s central airport.  Commercial air transportation is provided by Alaska, Allegiant Air, Delta Connections, and United Express, offered through SkyWest. These carriers operate non-stop flights from San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, Denver, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.  Ground transportation is available through shuttle, cab and local bus service.  For travelers who want to explore on their own, five rental car agencies operate directly at the terminal.  These include; Avis, Budget, Hertz, National and Enterprise.  Additionally, Ashland has its own rental car agency, Super Saver Rent-A-Car. The general aviation pilots and guests are supported by two fixed base operators; Jet Center and Million Air.  An old KC-97 aircraft and a rendition of the Oval Office offer two unique types of meeting space.  For more information please visit  www.jacksoncounty.org
or www.facebook.com/JacksonCountyAirportAuthority.

General aviation is provided by the city-owned Ashland Municipal Airport at Sumner Parker Field located three miles from downtown Ashland. The airport has a 3,600 X 75 foot lighted runway. Skinner Aviation provides full services, from aircraft fuels and maintenance to tie-downs and hangars, as well as aircraft rental and instruction. More than 80 aircraft and three aviation businesses are based there. This airport is also expanding with new hangars and is very welcoming to new businesses geared specifically toward the aviation world. If interested call (541) 482-7675 for more information.

Ground and Rail:

A number of transportation options are available in Ashland, including I-5 and multiple State highways, Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad, and the Rogue Valley Transit System.

Ashland has excellent automotive access. Ashland is located along I-5, the primary north-south transportation corridor on the West Coast linking Ashland to domestic markets in the United States and international markets via west coast ports. In addition, Highway 99 runs through Ashland, connecting the City to nearby cities in Jackson County. 

Potential traffic congestion can occur on I-5 and several of the State highway due to construction or weather due to the 4,000 elevation that the Siskiyou pass rises to. ODOT works with local agencies to increase capacity on the roads near Ashland by replacing or upgrading highway interchanges, widening roads and bridges, and building new roads. 

Greyhound-Trailways bus lines provide ground transportation out of the Rogue Valley from Medford. AmTrak has a station at Klamath Falls, 70 miles east, and at Dunsmuir, California, 75 miles south. Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD) provides public transit service Monday through Saturday from one end of Ashland to the other with connecting service to Medford and other Rogue Valley communities. Buses operate Monday through Friday every 30 minutes from 5:00am to 7:00am, every 20 minutes from 7:00am to 5:00pm, and again every 30 minutes from 5:00pm to 8:30pm.  On Saturday’s, buses operate on an hourly schedule – check the website for route information.  RVTD is the first transit district in Oregon to operate buses powered solely by clean-burning, compressed natural gas.  You can pick up local maps and bus routes at the Ashland Chamber office. Bus passes can be purchased at the City of Ashland office.  Call (541) 779-2877 for route and schedule information before 5:30pm or call (541) 608-2400 after hours.  RVTD also offers TransLink and Valley Lift. TransLink provides transportation services to eligible Oregon Health Plan and eligible Medicaid clients traveling to authorized medical services. For more information, call TransLink at (541) 842-2060 or view the Rider’s Guide online at www.rvtd.org. Valley Lift is a shared ride, curb-to-curb, wheelchair accessible transportation service for people whose disabilities prevent them from using RVTD’s lift-equipped buses. For more information, call Valley Lift at (541) 842-2080.  Cascade Airport Shuttle/Ashland Taxicab & Delivery Service, (541) 488-1998, provides daily door-to-door service for all flights to or from Medford’s Rogue Valley Airport and other inquires.  Reservations preferred.

AmTrak operates a bus that connects to the train through Klamath Falls.  The comfortable, air-conditioned bus leaves the Safeway lot on Siskiyou Blvd. in Ashland late afternoon and arrives in Klamath Falls to connect with trains to points beyond Sacramento (including San Francisco) and ending at Jack London Square in Oakland. The South West-Point bus is locally operated by The Shuttle, Inc. out of Klamath Falls and can be reached at 1-888-900-2609 or visit www.southwest-point.com.  Find further information at 1-800-USA-RAIL, or www.amtrak.com.​

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