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Southwest Corridor Project

The Preferred Alternative recommended by the Southwest Corridor Steering Committee in August, has been reviewed by several local jurisdictions and agencies in the past several weeks. The cities of Tualatin and Beaverton, the Washington County Board of Commissioners and the TriMet Board have all endorsed the Preferred Alternative. The Portland and Tigard city councils are scheduled to consider the recommendation on Nov. 1 and Nov. 13, respectively.


Want to help shape the project on a Community Advisory Committee?

As the project moves from a broader planning process into a more detailed design phase, a new Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will be formed to advise the project staff and steering committee for approximately two years of project development. CAC details and application.


Upcoming Metro Council actions

On November 15, 2018 at 2 p.m., the Metro Council will consider adding the Preferred Alternative light rail route to the Regional Transportation Plan. The Regional Transportation Plan is a blueprint to guide transportation investments – motor vehicle, freight, transit, bicycle and walking – throughout the Portland metropolitan region. You can send light rail preferred alternative testimony to:

Metro (Attention: Metro Council), 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland, OR 97232, or by email at metrocouncil@oregonmetro.gov.


The Council will also consider adopting a land use final order for the Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project. A land use final order is a single land use permit for the proposed light rail line. Land use final orders have been granted in the past for all MAX lines in the region. The new light rail line will still need to obtain federal, state and local permits related to the design and construction of the project. 


The order will establish the project improvements, including locations, for the proposed light rail line to serve Southwest Portland, Tigard and Tualatin. Failure of a person to raise an issue before or at the hearing, orally in person or in writing, will preclude appeals of the order. See the full notice for details. Send Land Use Final Order testimony to:

Metro (Attention: Yuliya Lee), 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland, OR 97232, or by email at LUFO@oregonmetro.gov.