Posted April 17, 2017
Seeking Public Input on Trail Design!
Join us at 12345 SW Main Street for a Walk & Talk as we explore the future Tigard Street Heritage Trail. Each meeting is an opportunity for residents and trail-users to share their thoughts on design features and trail elements along the Tigard Street Heritage Trail.
- Tigard Street Heritage Trail Walk & Talk #1: Thursday, June 29, 4 p.m.
- Tigard Street Heritage Trail Walk & Talk #2: Thursday, July 27, 4 p.m.
- Tigard Street Heritage Trail Walk & Talk #3: Thursday, August 24, 4 p.m.
March 29, 2017
Name Chosen: Rotary Plaza
A gathering area, adjacent to Main Street, at the south end of the Tigard Street Heritage Trail has been named Rotary Plaza. See Resolution 17-14 for details.
City team met with ODOT Rail and Trimet for a rail diagnostic to talk about the Tigard Street Heritage Trail where it intersects an active rail line at Main Street and at Tiedeman.
The Tigard Street Heritage Trail uses a three-quarter-mile inactive rail corridor parallel to Tigard Street, acquired by the city in December 2013. It provides a safe, off-street biking, walking and skating commuter route. In summer 2015, the City laid down a temporary porous asphalt treatment from Tiedeman Avenue to Tigard’s downtown commercial core and the Tigard Transit Center. This temporary trail has proven the demand to justify a complete multi-use trail that includes a finished surface treatment, lighting, landscaping, fencing and cultural amenities.
Filling this local gap in the regional transportation system will enhance access to transit, employment and commerce. It also provides a significant safety benefit by providing pedestrians and bicyclists a dedicated facility that is usable year round as an alternative to the traveling on Tigard Street.
The trail makes a connection to downtown Tigard and supports an emerging small plaza between the Tigard Chamber of Commerce building and rail line in downtown Tigard. The Tigard Street Trail is also part of a unique cultural resource in the City of Tigard. The already popular bike and pedestrian infrastructure will soon celebrate local heritage and identity as a “pedestrian boulevard” with historic and cultural landmarks. See the 2015 Heritage Trail Concept design here.
Grant Proposal: Connect Oregon VI
Update: On Aug. 18, 2016, the Oregon Transportation Commission announced a $700,000 grant through the Connect Oregon VI grant program to the City of Tigard to upgrade a temporary trail into a path to employment linking one of the city’s manufacturing corridors and downtown commercial district to workers in surrounding neighborhoods. Tigard’s proposal for the Tigard Street Trail received a positive review—the third best project in the state and the top bike and pedestrian project.
The Tigard Street Heritage Trail supports transportation options for Tigard’s residential workforce to employment centers locally and regionally. This includes a direct connection to a downtown urban renewal district of 220 firms, employing more than 1,400 residents from around the region. It also provides bike and pedestrian commuter access to another 61 companies operating in industrial zones at both ends of the trail employing more than 600 people in manufacturing, distribution and trade sector occupations. Beyond local employment, the trail provides a connection for the city’s 50,300 residents to regional employment centers, commerce and services ranging from downtown Portland to Beaverton via TriMet transit and WES commuter rail at the trail’s southern terminus at the Tigard Transit center.
The Tigard Street Heritage Trail serves as a unique cultural resource in the City of Tigard. As a gateway into Tigard’s redeveloping downtown, the bike and pedestrian pathway will celebrate local heritage and the city’s identity as a “pedestrian boulevard.” As design work moves forward, the city will use the trail as a venue to showcase features and amenities that recognize local culture and identity. Grant funding will also support street lighting, supporting the trail’s design as a well-used corridor and that is safe and visually open.
The project completes a connection to a downtown commercial core that has been improved through public and private investment totaling more than $66.8 million over the last nine years—strategically following the city’s 2011 Economic Opportunity Analysis, Urban Renewal Plan and Regional 2040 Town Center designation. The project will also work as the backbone of a network of trails and sidewalks that connect to the north end of this alignment and provide a safe and pleasant route to walk, bike or stroller to downtown, the transit center and employment destinations.