Southwest Corridor Plan steering committee
Monday, June 13, 2016
Public testimony will be heard at the beginning of the meeting.
10 questions about the Southwest Corridor Plan
A month after deciding on light rail for a new rapid transit line between Portland, Tigard and Tualatin, Southwest Corridor leaders meet Monday at Beaverton City Hall.
Among the things they'll discuss:
- Modifications to light rail route options in the Tigard Triangle, using 70th Avenue for a two-way line instead of running one direction each way on 68th and 70th avenues, and shifting where a branch line might connect into downtown Tigard further north. Planners estimate these changes could save money and travel time, respectively.
- Which light rail route options to advance to federal environmental review, along with associated roadway, bike and pedestrian projects. This document is known as a "Proposed Range of Alternatives" and will be opened for public comment later this summer.
- Updates to the project's Purpose and Need, a statement that helps guide environmental review and the selection of a final project in spring 2018. This statement will also be open for public comment this summer.
In August and September, the public will have a chance to weigh in on what route options, associated projects and impacts should be studied in the federal environmental review, a process known as "scoping".
A final list of light rail route options and related projects to study in the review, formally known as a Draft Environmental Impact Statement, will be approved by the steering committee in the fall.
The results of the review will help the committee decide on a final project, likely in spring 2018.
The committee's members include elected officials from seven cities, Washington County and Metro, plus top leaders from TriMet and the Oregon Department of Transportation.