Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project

Portland to Tualatin in 30 Minutes

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.

By 2035, we could see:

75,000 new residents
along the Southwest Corridor

17 percent increase of congestion
on I-5 between Portland and Tigard

37,500
daily trips on the new light rail line

 


 

The Route at a Glance

March 2019 preferred alternative
Conceptual rendering subject to change

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Keeping People Connected

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.

 

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Connecting the System

Transfers to bus and MAX lines, and WES Commuter Rail

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Bike and Pedestrian Friendly

New sidewalks and protected bike lanes on Barbur Boulevard and other locations where streets are rebuilt

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PCC Shuttle

A shuttle between PCC-Sylvania and nearby stations to shorten the connection between light rail and the campus

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Walk to OHSU

An accessible pedestrian connection to OHSU, the VA Hospital, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and other Marquam Hill facilities

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Park & Rides

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.

Timeline

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2011–2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

2023

2024

2025

2026

2027

Planning

Design

Testing and training

 

Draft conceptual design report

Final conceptual design

Environmental Review

 

Construction

Federal Funding

Potential regional funding vote
November 2020

Federal funding

Service begins
September 2027

More than Transit

TriMet and SW Corridor project partners are working on several initiatives to preserve and improve communities along the light rail route.

 

Learn More

Community Advisory Committee

Thursday, May 7, 2020
5:30-7 p.m.
This meeting will be held virtually.
Details will be posted here when available.

Steering Committee

The April meeting has been canceled due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 situation.
Details will be posted here when available.


 

Crews in the corridor

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 swcorridor@trimet.org or call 503-962-2150.

 

Comments or questions? Please provide your contact information if you would like a reply.

Call 503-962-2150 or email for more information.

 

 

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Project Partners

TriMet Metro ODOT Washington Couty City of Durham City of Portland City of Tigard City of Tualatin