Find out about the comprehensive planning effort to create livable and sustainable communities along the corridor between Portland, Tigard and Sherwood through integrated community investments in land use and transportation.
Decision-makers are working to determine which high capacity transit options should advance for more detailed analysis. The materials below were presented at the May 23 community planning forum. If you did not have a chance to attend, your input still matters. Review the materials and offer your thoughts in through the questionnaire, available May 23 to June 26.
The high capacity transit decisions timeline shows what decisions are on the table for July, and what decisions will be made after more detailed analysis in 2014 and even through 2017.
This July, the steering committee will focus on:
o Which modes to carry forward for further study
o Policy direction on “level” of BRT for further study
o Direction on Southwest (Transit) Service Enhancement Plan
There are many, and sometimes competing, considerations that go into planning for high capacity transit. Many of these considerations will be more fully explored during the next phase of the Southwest Corridor Plan.
Bus rapid transit can be built anywhere on the spectrum of acting more like local bus service (running in mixed traffic) or like light rail(in a fully exclusive right of way). Determining where on this spectrum that any bus rapid transit alternative is designed and studied affects how it may cost or perform if built.
Deciding on where high capacity transit should go in the Southwest corridor can affect how much it may cost to build, how much it may cost to operate the transit system in the corridor, and how well the public transit investment meets local visions for the communities it may serve.
The funding for each high capacity transit line in the region has reflected multi-jurisdictional partnerships to meet the needs of the communities and destinations served by the transit line.
Future analysis and conversations will focus on potential design options to meet the transportation needs and goals of communities in the corridor.
Find out the state of the corridor, including information on people, jobs, transportation and nature. Both a summary report and the executive summary are available in the project library.
Find out what people are saying is needed in the Southwest corridor and how you can get involved.
On May 14, 2012, the steering committee adopted the plan's vision goals and objectives. Find this and other partner publications in the project library.
The blog is the best place to find answers to frequently asked questions, stories about neighborhoods and opportunities for corridor improvements.
The committee makes final recommendations to the Metro Council and to jurisdictions along the transit corridor. Steering committee meetings are open to the public.
The Southwest Corridor Plan integrates multiple efforts: local land use plans to identify actions and investments that support livable communities; a corridor refinement plan to examine the function, mode and general location of transportation improvements; and the transit alternatives analysis to define the best mode and alignment of high capacity transit to serve the corridor. The plan is a partnership between Metro, Multnomah County, Washington County, the Oregon Department of Transportation, TriMet and the cities of Portland, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin, Beaverton, Durham, King City and Lake Oswego.
The integrated approach allows Metro and its partners to measure the success of the transportation project against some key elements of a successful region, things like vibrant communities, economic prosperity, clean air and water and equity. Transportation and land use decisions that support local land use goals for jobs and housing will be fundamental to a successful outcome.
Transportation corridor planning