Benefits

The Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project will improve access and opportunities for everyone, advance climate strategies, support our region’s economic recovery and get people where they need to go, safely and affordably.

Learn about these benefits below.

Equity

Better access to
jobs and schools

The project increases access to living wage jobs in Tigard and Tualatin, and to educational opportunities, serving PCC Sylvania, OHSU, PSU and other institutions.

 

Equity

Identifying sites for
950
affordable housing units

Partners have a bold vision for preserving and building more affordable housing along the light rail route, including a pledge to identify sites for 950 units.

 

Equity

40+
DBE firms and counting

More than 40 disadvantaged business enterprises—firms owned by women and people of color—have worked on project development, and the list continues to grow.

 

Equity

Supporting
dense
development

Since the decision to build MAX was made, almost 40 percent of all new and rebuilt multi-family housing has occurred within walking distance of light rail lines.

 

Climate

MAX is
green

MAX runs on electricity uses regenerative braking and is a proven green technology in our region for more than 30 years.

 

Climate

Reducing
greenhouse gas emissions

The project will make biking and walking safer and more comfortable, with 10 miles of new sidewalks and crosswalks and over six miles of enhanced bicycles facilities, including areas with shared streets, raised protected bike lanes and protected intersections.

 

Climate

10 miles
of new sidewalks and 6 miles of improved bike facilities

The project will make biking and walking safer and more comfortable, with 10 miles of new sidewalks and crosswalks and over six miles of enhanced bicycles facilities, including areas with shared streets, raised protected bike lanes and protected intersections.

 

Economy

28,000
new jobs

The project is expected to create nearly 28,000 jobs, supporting the region’s economic recovery in the near term.

 

Economy

Transit has spurred $25 billion+
in development

Investing in transit encourages private and public development. To date, more than $25 billion in development has occurred within walking distance of MAX.

 

Economy

MAX is
economically sustainable

MAX costs less to operate per ride than buses, making it an economically sustainable investment.

 

Learn more about TriMet’s programs to create a more accessible transit system for everyone.

 

Comments or questions?

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