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The Boise Depot sits in the distance as viewed from across Vista Avenue. An Oregon group hopes to bring rail service back to the region.

In 1997, the last regular passenger train rolled out of the Boise Depot. In the 22 years since, many hoped to bring Amtrak back to Idaho. But the depot on the Boise bench remains quiet.

In 2007, Sen. Mike Crapo mounted an “aggressive” push to reignite funding for Amtrak’s Pioneer line. It made it out of the senate but never came to fruition.

On Saturday, nearly 100 people rallied in La Grande, Oregon, in support of restoring the Amtrak Pioneer Line passenger train, according to the La Grande Observer. The Association of Oregon Rail and Transit Advocates hopes to bring the heartbeat of train travel back to the route from Portland, through La Grande and Boise, and down to Salt Lake City. The organization — the gathered citizens with a call to action.

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Jeanne Huff is the community engagement editor for the Idaho Press. You can reach her at 208-465-8106 and follow her on Twitter @goodnewsgirl.

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