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 average 37,500 daily trips 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 11-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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Project partners are collaborating on strategies to minimize gentrification and displacement, and ensure that the benefits of this major transportation investment are available to all residents.
Thursday, August 6, 2020
This meeting will be held virtually.
Next meeting date to be determined. Details will be posted here when available.
Though major construction is still years away, some crews are in the corridor conducting field work to help inform design. This work may include surveys, utility locates, soil sampling and noise monitoring. For questions, please email email@example.com or call 503-962-2150.