On March 11, 2014 residents of Tigard cast a vote to answer the question: Shall Tigard adopt a public policy
opposing high-capacity transit corridor projects unless voter authorization is obtained?
37 percent of voters cast their ballots and the measure passed with 51%. This requires the city to
amend its charter to formally oppose any high-capacity transit construction projects until voter
approval has been obtained. Such a vote, on a potential project, would be made on the basis of
information such as construction cost and impacts to motor vehicle capacity.
Tigard city leaders wish to understand and respect the voters' wishes. The charter amendment does
not restrict the city's ability to study high capacity transit; in fact, significant planning and
analysis will be needed to help city leaders and voters determine whether high capacity transit is
right for Tigard and what it would take to make it work. The regional plan is also looking at roadway
projects, freeway crossings, and pedestrian/bicycle improvements, so it is important for Tigard to be
a part of these discussions.
As such, the city will continue their work with regional partners and community members on the Southwest
Corridor Plan to determine the best transportation investments, including potential high-capacity
transit, to serve Tigard.
The Mayor and Council plan to bring an advisory vote to residents on the November 2014 ballot. This
exact nature of the advisory vote has not been determined. However, it will almost certainly seek
to clarify whether residents intended for Measure 34-210 to stop all planning for high capacity
transit in Tigard.
As noted by Mayor Cook; "In November, I hope to hear from our voters again about whether Tigard should
continue planning for high-capacity transit here, or to excuse ourselves from that discussion.
I believe that our planning must continue. The passage of ballot measure 34-210 reinforces my
view that decision making about the future of Tigard's transportation system has to be made
here at home."
Councilor Woodard has reinforced Mayor Cook's sentiment that community members want to, and
will be, more engaged in high capacity transit planning, and that we must continue with the
planning process that we are currently in. "We need to find better ways to communicate with
our citizens, to help them understand the best high-capacity transit options and opportunities
and learning what priorities they'll support... Meanwhile, we don't want to lose the momentum
from all of the work 'all' have done throughout these last few years."
Read Mayor Cook's response