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Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project

 

Community Members Chosen to Represent Tigard’s Interest in Southwest Corridor
On Dec. 12, the Southwest Corridor Plan Steering Committee, which includes Mayor John Cook and Metro Councilor Craig Dirksen, appointed 17 members to the newly created Community Advisory Committee (CAC).

The CAC was formed to advise the project steering committee and project staff on locally preferred routes for the planned light rail connecting Tigard and Portland. They will bring a broad perspective on community and social issues throughout the Southwest Corridor during the review and the selection of a route and station areas. Route selection through Tigard for the new MAX line is expected to be decided in the summer of 2017.

The community advisory group has balanced representation from communities along the proposed light rail route, including seven Tigard residents.

Steering Committee Narrows Options Proposed for Environmental Review
The Southwest Corridor project has started a federal environmental review process that will create a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This will study project impacts and possible ideas to address them.

At the Dec. 12 meeting, the steering committee narrowed down the projects to be studied in the EIS. Two Tigard projects were removed from future consideration: a potential park and ride light rail station at Hunziker Street and Wall Street, and a short branch alignment on SW 69th Avenue. The steering committee also reviewed the possible “through-routed” or “branched” configuration of light rail alignment for downtown Tigard. (See map for the staff recommended alignment options to be studied). 


County Elections Officials Certify Approval of Tigard’s Light Rail Measure
With all votes counted from the Nov. 8 election, the Washington County Elections Office on Nov. 28, has certified Tigard voters approved Ballot Measure 34-255. All told, 12,683 voted yes, with 12,534 voting no. The measure clears the way for continued region-wide planning to extend MAX light rail service to Tigard.

"We heard from many Tigard voters on both sides throughout the election that they cared about light rail and transportation issues in Tigard," said Tigard Mayor John Cook. "Everyone will have multiple opportunities to participate in ongoing efforts to extend light rail service to the southwest metro area, including the City of Tigard. We want our residents to stay involved and to be informed. As the city and region continue to expand, area residents will need transit options to serve the community for decades to come."

The approved measure means Tigard can now become an active partner in the ongoing process to extend light rail service to Tigard. The planned Southwest Corridor line would connect downtown Portland, southwest Portland, the Tigard Triangle, downtown Tigard and Bridgeport Village in Tualatin. It also allows the city to amend land use regulations that could let a future light rail cross wetlands with proper mitigation, and allow construction of light rail maintenance yards in specified industrial zones. The measure was not an authorization of city funds to pay for the project. That would require a separate vote.

The current timeline proposes that MAX service could be constructed by 2025. A federal rating for the project will not be complete until at least 2018, and a regional funding vote is expected to occur in November that year.

Route selection through Tigard for the new MAX line is expected to be decided in the summer of 2017. The Southwest Corridor project has started a federal environmental review process that will create a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This will study project impacts and possible ideas to address them.
 

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SOUTHWEST CORRIDOR RECAP

Update: October 2016
On October 3, the public comment period to provide a scope of work for the environmental review for the project ended. Metro will be reporting the results of the comments by the end of October. 

On November 14, the Steering Committee meets at Metro to review comments submitted on the proposed light rail project during the scoping period and staff recommendations on final updates to the project Purpose & Need and what to include in the federal environmental impact study. 

On December 12, the Steering Committee meets in Tigard Town Hall to make decisions on updates to the project Purpose & Need and the Definition of Alternatives to be studied in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.  More from Metro.


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

The Steering Committee determined that two options for high capacity transit (HCT) should be evaluated as potential long range investments. The two HCT options being considered are bus rapid transit (BRT) and light rail transit (LRT) with connections from Portland to Tualatin, by way of the Tigard Triangle and Downtown Tigard.

Project partners in the region are seeking greater input from communities along the planned corridor through June 2016 to learn more about local travel patterns, ways to leverage future light rail or BRT investments 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 HCT investments, including motor vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian connections to proposed light rail or BRT stations, that define a route and vehicle type. You can find current information about the project here.


IN THE NEWS


PROJECT HISTORY:

Update: March 2016
The Southwest Corridor Steering Committee will hold a meeting April 6, from 6-7 p.m., which will be followed by a public forum from 7-8 p.m.  This will be held at the SW Community Center, 6820 SW 45th Ave., in Portland. This meeting will focus on the staff recommendations which will be presented at the meeting. 

The recommendations are specific to:

  1. The mode—whether this will be bus rapid transit (BRT) or light rail transit (LRT).
  2. Whether tunnels (for LRT) that serve PCC Sylvania will be removed from the options, or not. 

In February, Metro produced a mode comparison document.

The April 6 meeting is to discuss these options. At the May 9 Steering Committee meeting, the Steering Committee is expected to make these decisions. The committee is interested in removing options that do not meet the purpose and need of the project as well as other options prior to entering the environmental impact phase of the project.  The May 9 meeting will be held at Tigard Town Hall, 13125 SW Hall Blvd., in Tigard, from 9-11 a.m. The public is welcome and encouraged to come to these meetings.

Update: February 2016
Two changes to the Tigard alignments are getting serious consideration by the working groups and agency partners.

  • TriMet is looking at north/south alignments in the Triangle.
  • The three alignments are not ideal, and further refinements are being considered.

Update: January 2016
Since late December 2015, Metro has published updates on the SW Corridor Project:

There is a strong interest to serve PCC Sylvania conveniently via high capacity transit (HCT). Serving it directly with light rail transit (LRT) would require a tunnel due to the slopes, and particularly the slope between PCC and the Tigard Triangle.  A tunnel would add around $700 million to the price tag. The new documents look at ways to serve PCC with connecting buses, without a tunnel. 

On Jan. 11, the Steering Committee met and eliminated two of the five Tigard alignment options, the Commercial Street Loop and the Downtown Loop (see the Tigard Key Issues Memo).  These alignments will not go forward into the environmental impact statement (EIS) process.  Three alignments between the Triangle and downtown Tigard still remain. The committee also chose to continue studying Bridgeport Village as the most promising southern terminus for the HCT line, removing downtown Tualatin from further consideration. They also removed an alignment adjacent to Interstate 5 north of SW 13th Avenue in Portland from further consideration.  A decision on the mode and if a tunnel would move into the EIS was scheduled for Feb. 29, but these decisions have been delayed until a Steering Committee meeting forest for May 9.

Update: September 2015
The Steering Committee has been presented with the Key Issues Memo for Tigard (Sept 4) and an Executive Summary (Sept 4) as well.  Also, to inform the Steering Committee on the latest information on PCC Sylvania, there is a Technical Memo (Aug 14) and a Status Update (Sept 11).  The Steering Committee is meeting at the Tigard Library Community Room on Oct 12 from 9am-11am.  They are expected to consider the PCC Sylvania connection options.  The SW Corridor partners are hosting an Open House on October 19th from 6-8pm at the Tigard Public Works Auditorium.  This is to provide information to, and get input from, the public on the Southwest Corridor Study, with a particular focus on Tigard and Tualatin.

Update: July 2015
In July 2015 (Metro Article), the Steering Committee decided not to continue pursuing tunnel options to Marquam Hill, and a tunnel or service to Hillsdale.  They also delayed a decision on PCC Sylvania campus.  That decision is slated for the October 2015 meeting.  The Steering Committee will now turn toward Tigard and Tualatin alignments, where these alignments, along with the mode (BRT or LRT) for the corridor is slated to be determined in December 2015.  Again, these final options that remain on the table will move on to be studied more thoroughly in the environmental impact study expected to begin in early 2017. 
 
Update: January 2015
This update on the Southwest Corridor Shared Investment Strategy profiles road, sidewalk and trail improvement projects in Tigard and Tualatin. This document also reviews the Southwest Corridor planning process, explaining the role of the Shared Investment Strategy in complimenting any HCT investments within the corridor.
 
Update: May 19, 2014
The Southwest Corridor Plan is nearing a big decision: what high capacity transit design options, potential station areas, and multimodal projects (bicycle, pedestrian, and roadway improvements) should advance into the next phase? In order to make a better decision in June 2014, the Steering Committee needs to hear your thoughts and ideas on the draft recommendation of what elements of the Plan should advance.

Update: March 31, 2014
The Southwest Corridor Plan project team held a series of community meetings in March to present information and gather feedback on potential High Capacity Transit (HCT) route alternatives. A wide range of alternatives are being evaluated throughout the corridor connecting Portland, Tigard, and Tualatin. Through a process of elimination and analysis refinement, project Steering Committee will consider these alternatives at their April, May, and June meetings. In June, they plan to select the two most promising alternatives for detailed engineering, cost, and environmental analysis.
 
Update: December 2013

In November, TriMet and the project team kicked off the Service Enhancement Plan (SEP) effort at a Community Planning Forum in Tigard.  The top five suggestions from the evening were the following:

  1. Local bus service between Murray Scholls/Progress Ridge and Downtown Tigard
  2. Local bus service between King City and Bridgeport Village
  3. Local bus service between Sherwood and Tualatin
  4. Local bus service between downtown Tigard and Kruse Way
  5. Restore Frequent Service between King City and Downtown Tigard

The July 31 Steering Committee decision directed the project team to do further analysis of potential bus rapid transit (BRT) and light rail transit (LRT) connections from Portland to Tigard and Tualatin. This work is currently underway. Based on the current project timeline, it is expected that the refined HCT alignments will be presented at a Steering Committee meeting in April. Please check back here in early 2014 for a confirmed date.

Project Update from Metro:  Fall 2013
We're entering into a refinement phase, focusing on the transit aspects of the shared investment strategy while exploring funding strategies and further planning for the recommended roadway, bicycle, pedestrian, parks, trails and natural area projects. Download the newsletter here.

Project Update:  July 2013
The Southwest Corridor Plan reached a major milestone on July 22, 2013 when the Steering Committee voted unanimously on a final Phase 1 plan. Their decision sets the stage to begin the federal environmental process (Draft Environmental Impact Statement, or DEIS) for potential high capacity transit (HCT), which will be Phase 2. After taking about a year to refine the HCT alternatives, the DEIS will take around 3 years to complete.

PAST MEETINGS:

SW Corridor Open House
October 19, 2015; 6-8 p.m.
Tigard Public Works Auditorium (8777 SW Burnham St., Tigard, OR)
 
Southwest Corridor Plan Steering Committee
September 14, 2015; 9-11 a.m.
Tualatin Police Department Training Room (8650 SW Tualatin Rd., Tualatin, OR)

Southwest Corridor Plan Steering Committee
March 9, 2015; 9-11 a.m.
Tigard Public Library, Burgess Community Room (13500 SW Hall Blvd., Tigard, OR)

Southwest Corridor Plan Steering Committee
December 8, 2014; 9-11 a.m.
Tigard Public Works Auditorium (8777 SW Burnham St., Tigard, OR)

Southwest Corridor Plan Steering Committee
June 9, 2014; 9-11 a.m.
Metro Regional Center, Council Chamber (600 NE Grand Ave, Portland, OR)

Southwest Corridor Plan Portland Working Group (technical committee)
June 2, 2014; 6-8 p.m.
Multnomah Arts Center, Room 29. Portland

ID Southwest
May 20, 2014 | Metro Regional Center Council Chambers

Southwest Corridor Community Planning Forum
Tues., May 13, 2014 | Tigard Public Works Auditorium; 8777 SW Burnham St.

Southwest Corridor Plan Steering Committee
May 12, 2014; Multnomah Arts Center, Portland

Southwest Corridor Plan Portland Working Group
May 5, 2014 | Multnomah Arts Center, Room 29. Portland

Community Planning Forum
April 10, 2014 | Tualatin Public Library, Community Room

Southwest Corridor Plan Steering Committee
April 7, 2014 | Beaverton Activities Center, (12500 SW Allen Blvd.)

Southwest Corridor Plan Portland Working Group
March 31, 2014 | Multnomah Arts Center, Portland

Southwest Corridor Design Workshops | Portland, Tigard and Tualatin
March 12, 19, 20, 2014
Metro presented route options for the entire corridor and gathered initial feedback at these three meetings.
See Project Alternatives (3.59 MB)

Tigard Transit Fair
March 16, 2014 | St. Anthony's Church, Tigard

Southwest Corridor Plan Overview - Community Meeting
February 13, 2014 | Tigard Town Hall | City of Tigard
Read the meeting summary

TriMet Local Service Transit Planning Community Meeting
February 13, 2014 | Tualatin Library |TriMet
Read about Southwest Transit Service Improvements

Southwest Corridor Steering Committee Meeting
January 13, 2014 | Tualatin Police Department | Metro
See the agenda and meeting materials

Southwest Corridor Implementation Advisory Committee
January 23, 2014 | Multnomah Arts Center, Portland | Metro
Read about the newly formed committee

Southwest Corridor Portland Working Group
January 6, 2014 | Multnomah Arts Center, Portland | City of Portland
Read the meeting summary
  


PROJECT DOCUMENTS:

Metro Documents for the SW Corridor Plan
Central Barbur HCT options: Technical Modifications Memo

High capacity transit technical evaluation: Tigard/Tualatin (aka Evaluation Report #2)

Outreach and decision making timeline (March 2015) (57.61 KB) This document shows the calendar for public outreach, technical analysis and decisions by the steering committee in 2015.

Winter 2015 Shared Investment Strategy Factsheet (January 2015) (4.4 MB) This is a summary of the Southwest Corridor Shared Investment Strategy, a suite of roadway, bicycle, pedestrian, parks, trails and natural area investments that reflect local aspirations and goals. This document explains why the Shared Investment Strategy was adopted, funding options to implement the strategy and provides examples of projects that recently have been built. 

Winter 2014 Project Update (December 2014) (6.5 MB) Recent updates on the Southwest Corridor Shared Investment Strategy, a shared vision for roadway, bicycle, pedestrian, parks, trails and natural area projects in communities along the corridor. This document also summarizes refinement of HCT design options to be considered by decision-makers in 2016 and provides updates on public outreach related to the project.

Recommendations for Southwest Corridor High Capacity Transit (HCT) design options (June 2014) (4.4 MB) The Steering Committee accepted staff recommendations for HCT design options for further study. The recommendation includes 15 design options for Bus Rapid Transit and 13 options for Light Rail Transit that will be refined into a single preferred alternative over the next 18 months. The preferred alternative will be subsequently evaluated in a Draft Environmental Impact Statement process. Recommended HCT designs include complementary multimodal projects (car, pedestrian, and bike).
 
Draft recommendation for Southwest Corridor High Capacity Transit (HCT) design options (May 2014) (17 MB)
Project staff have developed a recommendation for HCT options  to study further during the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The recommendation includes 15 design options for Bus Rapid Transit and 13 options for Light Rail Transit, across the nine geographic segments. Complementary multimodal projects (car, pedestrian, and bike) and station areas are also identified.
 
Phase I Summary Fact Sheet (July 22, 2013) (1.91 MB)
In July 2013, the Southwest Corridor Plan Steering Committee recommended transit alternatives for further study along with roadway, bicycle, pedestrian, parks, trails and natural area projects. This document summarizes the recommendation that is being considered by decision-makers.

Final Phase 1 Steering Committee Recommendation (July 2013) (12.19 MB)
In July 2013, the Southwest Corridor Plan Steering Committee gave direction on three main questions to further narrow the options for a potential high capacity transit investment to serve the corridor land use vision. These questions include: 1) modes (bus rapid transit and/or light rail) for further study, 2) percentage of bus rapid transit in a dedicated transitway, and 3) the destination of a potential high capacity transit investment.

Tigard High Capacity Land Use Plan Documents
Tigard High Capacity Transit Land Use Plan (June 2012) (10.16 MB)
The Tigard HCT Land Use Plan is directly shaping regional planning efforts under the Southwest Corridor Plan. This HCT Land Use Plan is setup as a guide for City Council to use to direct future transit planning. It addresses transportation, land use, natural resource and quality of life policy and investment choices.

Tigard HCT Land Use Plan: Potential Station Community Locations (May 25, 2011) (1.49 MB)
Tigard residents and stakeholders sketched their ideas  for a future that includes seven potential HCT station communities. Special attention was given to making and improving connections for cars, bikes, pedestrians and transit between station communities and existing neighborhoods. 

Tigard HCT Land Use Plan: Public Workshop Final Report (July 19, 2011) (467 KB)
As part of the Tigard High Capacity Transit Land Use Plan, the City of Tigard hosted a pair of design events on May 25, 2011 that asked participants to roll up their sleeves and imagine how Tigard could grow in the future.

Tigard HCT Land Use Plan: Existing Conditions Summary Report (March 23, 2011) (54 MB)
This report is a synopsis of existing conditions and plan opportunities in the Tigard HCT Corridor Land Use Plan area. The intent of this document is to provide a picture of the existing built environment and circumstances. The transition to the envisioned HCT supportive station communities will build upon the existing state of these areas.

Tigard HCT Land Use Plan: Station Community Typology Report (March 23, 2011)(16 MB)
This report creates a framework for thinking about, and engaging in community dialogue about, how high capacity transit can fit into, support and serve the different areas of Tigard. This study, or "typology," describes four distinct Station Community "types," and classifies the urban design and land use characteristics of each one. 

Tigard HCT Land Use Plan: Stakeholder Interview Report (March 21, 2011) (170 KB)
Between November 2010 and February 2011, the City of Tigard interviewed more than 45 local stakeholders as part of the High Capacity Transit (HCT) Land Use Plan. This report summarizes these conversations. 

Tigard HCT Land Use Plan Evaluation Objectives & Criteria (March 22, 2011) (130 KB)
In order to determine the best possible alternative for each individual station community, the project team drafted evaluation objectives and criteria to compare the alternatives.

 

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Kenny Asher
Community Development Director
503-718-2443 | kennya@tigard-or.gov
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