Community Planning

Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project

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The CAC is a group of community stakeholders that provide feedback and recommendations to Metro staff and the Southwest Corridor Steering Committee. Several decisions about the potential light rail line have yet to be made. These options are being studied in an environmental review process to understand their potential advantages and costs. The CAC will help identify a preferred route and station locations for the light rail project.SWC

Route choices that still need to be made include:

    • Where will light rail go in Portland, Tigard and Tualatin?
    • How will riders get to OHSU and other Marquam Hill destinations?
    • How will riders connect to the Portland Community College Sylvania Campus?
    • How should transit connect to the businesses and residents in Tualatin?
    • Where could stations and park and ride facilities be located? How many parking spaces are needed?
    • What changes are needed to make stations easy and safe to access?

The Southwest Corridor Plan is a comprehensive planning effort to help address the impacts of future growth while preserving neighborhoods and creating more great places. 

In July 2013, the Southwest Corridor Plan Steering Committee directed TriMet to undergo a broad update of existing transit service in the corridor, as a first priority for transit. They also identified roadway, bicycle, pedestrian, parks, trails and natural area projects that support local community visions. 

Project partners in the region are seeking greater input from communities along the planned corridor to learn more about local travel patterns, ways to leverage future light rail with better pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle connections, improving access to parks and green space, and opportunities to locate customers closer to the area's retail centers.

Meanwhile, staff will be working on a preferred package of high capacity transit investments, including motor vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian connections to proposed light rail stations.

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SW Corridor timeline

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Project History

Milestone December 2016
The December 12th meeting decided the fate of a potential park and ride station at Hunziker and has since been removed from the project list as well as a downtown Tigard alignment. Route selection through Tigard for the new MAX line is expected to be decided in the summer of 2017. The Southwest Corridor project has started a federal environmental review process that will create a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This will study project impacts and possible ideas to address them.

Milestone November 2016
With all votes counted from the Nov. 8 election, the Washington County Elections Office on Nov. 28, has certified Tigard voters approved Ballot Measure 34-255. All told, 12,683 voted yes, with 12,534 voting no.

The measure clears the way for continued region-wide planning to extend MAX light rail service to Tigard.

The approved measure means Tigard can now become an active partner in the ongoing process to extend light rail service to Tigard. The planned Southwest Corridor line would connect downtown Portland, southwest Portland, the Tigard Triangle, downtown Tigard and Bridgeport Village in Tualatin. It also allows the city to amend land use regulations that could let a future light rail cross wetlands with proper mitigation, and allow construction of light rail maintenance yards in specified industrial zones.

The measure was not an authorization of city funds to pay for the project. That would require a separate vote.

Milestone February 2016 
Two changes to the Tigard alignments are getting serious consideration by the working groups and agency partners.

  • TriMet is looking at north/south alignments in the Triangle.
  • The three current alignments are not ideal, and further refinements are being considered.

Milestone January 2016
On Jan. 11, the Steering Committee met and eliminated two of the five Tigard alignment options, the Commercial Street Loop and the Downtown Loop. These alignments will not go forward into the environmental impact statement (EIS) process.  Three alignments between the Triangle and downtown Tigard still remain.

Milestone July 2015
The Steering Committee decided not to continue pursuing tunnel options to Marquam Hill, and a tunnel or service to Hillsdale.  They also delayed a decision on PCC Sylvania campus.  That decision is slated for the October 2015 meeting.  The Steering Committee will now turn toward Tigard and Tualatin alignments, where these alignments, along with the mode (BRT or LRT) for the corridor is slated to be determined in December 2015.  The final options that remain on the table will move on to be studied more thoroughly in the environmental impact study expected to begin in early 2017. 
Milestone March 2014
The Southwest Corridor Plan project team held a series of community meetings in March to present information and gather feedback on potential High Capacity Transit (HCT) route alternatives. A wide range of alternatives are being evaluated throughout the corridor connecting Portland, Tigard, and Tualatin. Through a process of elimination and analysis refinement, project Steering Committee will consider these alternatives at their April, May, and June meetings. In June, they plan to select the two most promising alternatives for detailed engineering, cost, and environmental analysis.
Milestone December 2013

TriMet and the project team kicked off the Service Enhancement Plan (SEP) effort at a Community Planning Forum in Tigard.  The top five suggestions from the evening were the following:

  1. Local bus service between Murray Scholls/Progress Ridge and Downtown Tigard
  2. Local bus service between King City and Bridgeport Village
  3. Local bus service between Sherwood and Tualatin
  4. Local bus service between downtown Tigard and Kruse Way
  5. Restore Frequent Service between King City and Downtown Tigard

The Steering Committee’s decision directed the project team to do further analysis of potential bus rapid transit (BRT) and light rail transit (LRT) connections from Portland to Tigard and Tualatin.

Milestone July 2013
In July 2013, the Southwest Corridor Plan Steering Committee directed TriMet to undergo a broad update of existing transit service in the corridor, as a first priority for transit. They also identified roadway, bicycle, pedestrian, parks, trails and natural area projects that support local community visions. 

The Steering Committee determined that two options for high capacity transit (HCT) should be evaluated as potential long range investments. The two HCT options being considered are bus rapid transit (BRT) and light rail transit (LRT) with connections from Portland to Tualatin, by way of the Tigard Triangle and Downtown Tigard.

Project Documents Archive

General Info

Road Capacity Impact adobe icon
Land Use Impact adobe icon
Projected Public Cost

Tigard Links

Tigard City Charter adobe icon
Tigard Comprehensive Plan 

Metro Documents for the SW Corridor Plan

Central Barbur HCT optionsTechnical Modifications Memo

High capacity transit technical evaluationTigard/Tualatin (aka Evaluation Report #2)

Outreach and decision making timeline (March 2015) (57.61 KB) This document shows the calendar for public outreach, technical analysis and decisions by the steering committee in 2015.

Winter 2015 Shared Investment Strategy Factsheet (January 2015) (4.4 MB)This is a summary of the Southwest Corridor Shared Investment Strategy, a suite of roadway, bicycle, pedestrian, parks, trails and natural area investments that reflect local aspirations and goals. This document explains why the Shared Investment Strategy was adopted, funding options to implement the strategy and provides examples of projects that recently have been built. 

Winter 2014 Project Update (December 2014) (6.5 MB) Recent updates on the Southwest Corridor Shared Investment Strategy, a shared vision for roadway, bicycle, pedestrian, parks, trails and natural area projects in communities along the corridor. This document also summarizes refinement of HCT design options to be considered by decision-makers in 2016 and provides updates on public outreach related to the project.

Recommendations for Southwest Corridor High Capacity Transit (HCT) design options (June 2014) (4.4 MB) The Steering Committee accepted staff recommendations for HCT design options for further study. The recommendation includes 15 design options for Bus Rapid Transit and 13 options for Light Rail Transit that will be refined into a single preferred alternative over the next 18 months. The preferred alternative will be subsequently evaluated in a Draft Environmental Impact Statement process. Recommended HCT designs include complementary multimodal projects (car, pedestrian, and bike).
Draft recommendation for Southwest Corridor High Capacity Transit (HCT) design options (May 2014) (17 MB)
Project staff have developed a recommendation for HCT options  to study further during the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The recommendation includes 15 design options for Bus Rapid Transit and 13 options for Light Rail Transit, across the nine geographic segments. Complementary multimodal projects (car, pedestrian, and bike) and station areas are also identified.
Phase I Summary Fact Sheet (July 22, 2013) (1.91 MB)
In July 2013, the Southwest Corridor Plan Steering Committee recommended transit alternatives for further study along with roadway, bicycle, pedestrian, parks, trails and natural area projects. This document summarizes the recommendation that is being considered by decision-makers. 

Final Phase 1 Steering Committee Recommendation (July 2013) (12.19 MB)
In July 2013, the Southwest Corridor Plan Steering Committee gave direction on three main questions to further narrow the options for a potential high capacity transit investment to serve the corridor land use vision. These questions include: 1) modes (bus rapid transit and/or light rail) for further study, 2) percentage of bus rapid transit in a dedicated transitway, and 3) the destination of a potential high capacity transit investment.

Tigard High Capacity Land Use Plan Documents

Tigard High Capacity Transit Land Use Plan (June 2012) (10.16 MB)
The Tigard HCT Land Use Plan is directly shaping regional planning efforts under the Southwest Corridor Plan. This HCT Land Use Plan is setup as a guide for City Council to use to direct future transit planning. It addresses transportation, land use, natural resource and quality of life policy and investment choices.

Tigard HCT Land Use Plan: Potential Station Community Locations (May 25, 2011) (1.49 MB)
Tigard residents and stakeholders sketched their ideas  for a future that includes seven potential HCT station communities. Special attention was given to making and improving connections for cars, bikes, pedestrians and transit between station communities and existing neighborhoods. 

Tigard HCT Land Use Plan: Public Workshop Final Report (July 19, 2011) (467 KB)
As part of the Tigard High Capacity Transit Land Use Plan, the City of Tigard hosted a pair of design events on May 25, 2011 that asked participants to roll up their sleeves and imagine how Tigard could grow in the future. 

Tigard HCT Land Use Plan: Existing Conditions Summary Report (March 23, 2011) (54 MB)
This report is a synopsis of existing conditions and plan opportunities in the Tigard HCT Corridor Land Use Plan area. The intent of this document is to provide a picture of the existing built environment and circumstances. The transition to the envisioned HCT supportive station communities will build upon the existing state of these areas.

Tigard HCT Land Use Plan: Station Community Typology Report (March 23, 2011)(16 MB)
This report creates a framework for thinking about, and engaging in community dialogue about, how high capacity transit can fit into, support and serve the different areas of Tigard. This study, or "typology," describes four distinct Station Community "types," and classifies the urban design and land use characteristics of each one. 

Tigard HCT Land Use Plan: Stakeholder Interview Report (March 21, 2011) (170 KB)
Between November 2010 and February 2011, the City of Tigard interviewed more than 45 local stakeholders as part of the High Capacity Transit (HCT) Land Use Plan. This report summarizes these conversations

Tigard HCT Land Use Plan Evaluation Objectives & Criteria (March 22, 2011) (130 KB)
In order to determine the best possible alternative for each individual station community, the project team drafted evaluation objectives and criteria to compare the alternatives.

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