The Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project will bring high-capacity transit to one of the most congested travel corridors in our region. With current hours of congestion expected to increase by 17 percent by 2035, these new travel options and connections will reduce the strain on roads and trains, getting people to jobs, schools and other destinations more quickly and reliably.
The new light rail line will create a 30-minute travel time between Downtown Portland and Tualatin, connecting regional centers including West Portland Town Center, Tigard Triangle, Downtown Tigard and Bridgeport Village. It is expected to carry 43,000 riders on an average weekday by 2035, including 20 percent of commuters going southbound from Downtown Portland during afternoon rush hours.
The project builds a key branch in the regional transit system, ensuring that everyone has affordable access to jobs, education, housing and recreation destinations. The 12-mile route will provide new travel options and improvements for the region.
Transfers to bus and MAX lines, and WES Commuter Rail
New sidewalks and protected bike lanes on Barbur Boulevard and other locations where streets are rebuilt
A shuttle between PCC-Sylvania and nearby stations to shorten the connection between light rail and the campus
An accessible pedestrian connection to OHSU, the VA Hospital, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and other Marquam Hill facilities
Up to 3,600 Park & Ride spaces
Project partners are refining design concepts based on the Locally Preferred Alternative. Project costs are approximately $2.6–2.8 billion, with state, regional, local and federal funding contributions expected.
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TriMet and SW Corridor project partners are working on several initiatives to preserve and improve communities along the light rail route.
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Tigard Public Library
13500 SW Hall Blvd., Tigard
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) revealed major traffic concerns where the light rail would cross both SW 72nd Ave and Upper Boones Ferry Road, and the DEIS received hundreds of comments about the location of the terminus station near Bridgeport Village. Together, these two issues require review of route and station locations between Bonita and Bridgeport Village. At this meeting, project staff will share alternatives and ask for feedback.
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington
9620 SW Barbur Blvd., Portland
The light rail route at “Crossroads,” the area around Barbur Transit Center, is being refined. Staff has used community feedback to develop design concepts for two route options, Alternative B2 (south of Crossroads) or the Collins alternative (north of Crossroads). This Crossroads Community Meeting #3 is an opportunity to provide feedback on these concepts. In early 2019, the project Steering Committee will make a decision about the route at Crossroads.