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Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project

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What's New? 
Tigard City Council - Public Hearing Date Postponed
The Tigard City Council will consider approving the Preferred Alternative (PA) for a new light rail route that would serve southwest Portland, Tigard and Tualatin. The public hearing (originally scheduled for October 9th) has been postponed to make sure the light rail is built to complement the redevelopment plans for downtown and the Tigard Triangle. The Preferred Alternative (PA) presents some challenges that the parties are working to sort out.

The city is working with TriMet on an agreement to ensure that the Project is designed and constructed to help meet the needs of the Tigard community. The date of the meeting will be posted here and on the Public Hearing’s page when it is finalized.

The City Council welcomes public comment before and at the Public Hearing. For the initial hearing, testimony should be submitted as early as possible. Written testimony should be received by the City Recorder at least 24 hours prior to the public hearing. Public hearing testimony guidelines are available.

What is the Preferred Alternative (PA)?
The Preferred Alternative (PA) is the final route for the light rail project. On August 13th the Southwest Corridor Steering Committee recommended a Preferred Alternative (PA) for a new MAX light rail line in the Southwest Corridor.”

What happens if the Tigard City Council approves the Preferred Alternative (PA)?
Once all local jurisdictions (Portland, Tigard, Tualatin, et al) approve the Preferred Alternative (PA): 
  • Other alignment options will be dropped from consideration; 
  • Environmental review will continue to address all issues raised to this point, and those that are discovered in the next study phase (2019); 
  • TriMet will begin advanced design work to avoid or minimize adverse impacts and to develop detailed cost estimates,
  • A funding plan will be developed that could include a regional (Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties) vote in November 2020 to pay for roughly half of the projects costs.

Project Schedule/Key Milestones

SW Corridor Selection Process

March 2018: Staff recommends an initial route proposal after evaluating potential impacts through the Draft Environmental Impact Study.

June 15- July 30, 2018: Publication of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), a study that discloses impacts and benefits of possible route options for light rail. Made available to the public for comment for a 45-day period.

June 25, 2018: The Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) meets to discuss a Preferred Alternative (PA) route recommendation to the Steering Committee.

July 19, 2018: Steering Committee holds a Public Hearing at Tigard Town Hall to hear testimony from residents regarding the route alignment options.

July 30, 2018: The Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) makes a route recommendation to the Steering Committee.

August 13, 2018: Steering Committee recommends a Preferred Alternative (PA) light rail route.

September-November 2018:
Local jurisdictions (Portland, Tualatin, Beaverton, et al) and TriMet will considering approving the Preferred Alternative (PA) final light rail route. The Metro Council will make the final decision, adopting the route into the Regional Transportation Plan.


SW Corridor Long Term Timeline

The Southwest Corridor Plan is a comprehensive planning effort to help address the impacts of future growth while preserving neighborhoods and creating more great places. 

In July 2013, the Southwest Corridor Plan Steering Committee directed TriMet to undergo a broad update of existing transit service in the corridor, as a first priority for transit. They also identified roadway, bicycle, pedestrian, parks, trails and natural area projects that support local community visions. 

Project partners in the region are seeking greater input from communities along the planned corridor to learn more about local travel patterns, ways to leverage future light rail with better pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle connections, improving access to parks and green space, and opportunities to locate customers closer to the area's retail centers.

Meanwhile, staff will be working on a preferred package of high capacity transit investments, including motor vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian connections to proposed light rail stations. Click here for FAQs about this project and its impacts on Tigard.

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Lauren Scott
Community Engagement Coordinator
503-718-2595 |

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