Design work on the Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project was paused in 2020 after voters rejected a local funding measure for multiple transportation improvements. In early 2022, Metro, TriMet and the Federal Transit Administration completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and issued a Record of Decision (ROD) to ensure the project is eligible for future federal funding. See Metro’s project website to access to these documents.

Designs, Stations and Route

Portland > Tigard > Tualatin

The Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project would connect Downtown Portland and Tualatin with a 30-minute travel time and bring high-capacity transit to one of the region’s most congested corridors. Based on the Conceptual Design Report, published in September 2020, it would include 13 stations along the 11-mile alignment as well roadway, bicycle and pedestrian improvements throughout the corridor.

The route would travel south from the Portland Transit Mall near Portland State University via Barbur Boulevard until the Barbur Transit Center. From there, it would cross Interstate 5 on a new bridge and then run adjacent to I-5 to Tigard. The route would serve the Tigard Triangle with two stations, cross Highway 217, serve Downtown Tigard and then travel to a station and Park & Ride at the end of the line at Bridgeport Village in Tualatin.

The design and alignment concepts shown here are based on the Conceptual Design Report, published in September 2020. If the project were to restart at a future date, these designs could change.

Major destinations include:

  • Portland State University
  • Marquam Hill and the many health centers located there
  • The Barbur Transit Center
  • West Portland Town Center
  • Portland Community College Sylvania Campus
  • Tigard Triangle
  • Downtown Tigard
  • Bridgeport Village


Conceptual Design Report

The Conceptual Design Report, published in September 2020, presents the goals and preliminary designs of the Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project based on community and project partner input over several years. It describes and illustrates the overall urban design vision as well as the conceptual designs for stations, major structures and other key corridor improvements. The document could be used to further public discussion about the project design if the project is restarted.


Project principles

The Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project aims to help the region realize its shared values. To help ensure this, project partners developed a set of principles, based on adopted local plans and years of community engagement in the Corridor. Each principle is supported by goals and objectives that will be used to measure success and ensure that investments provide the best value to local communities and our region.


Mobility and Connectivity

Move and connect people


Maintain and create equitable communities


Preserve and restore natural environment


Design for the future

Stations and Project improvements

Below is a list of stations and other key improvements of the Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project. For more detailed information about the project, see the full Conceptual Design Report.





Inner Portland: Downtown Portland to Marquam Hill




Outer Portland: SW 13th Avenue to SW 53rd Avenue






Station Access Projects

The Shared Investment Strategy adopted in 2013 by the project steering committee, recommended a narrow list of strategic roadway, bike and pedestrian projects to potentially construct. These station access projects are not in the current project budget, but could be designed and built by the project, if other funding sources are secured.



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Project Partners

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