Metro began planning for the project in 2014 by convening a project Steering Committee and holding a series of public open houses and meetings. The committee of key stakeholders and community members approved the project plan, formally known as the “Locally-Preferred Alternative,” in November 2016. This plan was unanimously approved by the cities of Gresham and Portland, the Multnomah County Commission and the TriMet Board of Directors. Metro transferred project leadership to TriMet on December 20, 2016.
The project is transitioning from the planning process led by Metro to a design and construction phase that we will lead through 2020. This phase will encompass the stations, adjacent crossings and modifications at major intersections along the route.
Project costs are approximately $175 million. State, regional and local contributions make up $75 million of that total, and we will apply for $100 million in federal funding.
Initial construction is scheduled to begin in late 2018, with service beginning in 2021.
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Along with our regional partners, we are considering ways to improve safety for people traveling on and crossing Division Street. The Division Transit Project will include design elements such as improved pedestrian crossings at stations, and we will coordinate with other efforts, such as the City of Portland’s Outer SE Division Near-Term Safety Strategy, to make Division safer for all users.