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Portland Streetcar Loop

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Review and download the Finding of No Significant Impact from the Federal Transit Administration for the extension of streetcar from downtown Portland to the Lloyd District, Central Eastside and OMSI.

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Finding of No Significant Impact

On July 2, 2008 the Federal Transit Administration approved a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) concerning the proposed extension of the Portland Streetcar east across the Broadway Bridge and south to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).

The project would extend the current streetcar by adding 3.3 miles of new streetcar track and 18 station pairs between Northwest Lovejoy and 10th Avenue in the Pearl District neighborhood with the goal of eventually crossing back downtown over a new Willamette River bridge proposed as part of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project.

Since federal funding, in addition to local revenues, has been identified as one of the proposed revenue sources for the project, an Environmental Assessment was completed to allow consideration of potential impacts. In accordance with the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act and other federal transportation regulations, the Environmental Assessment evaluated and analyzed a no-build alternative and a build alternative to determine whether there would be significant impacts likely to result from the streetcar project.

After consideration of the Environmental Assessment and public comment received over the 30-day comment period ending March 10, 2008, the Federal Transit Administration concluded that constructing, operating and maintaining the extension of the Portland Streetcar to the eastside south to OMSI, with the project design and mitigation commitments included in the FONSI, would have no significant impact.

The Portland Streetcar Loop Project has submitted a Small Starts federal funding request to the Federal Transit Administration and a decision is pending.

Download the Portland Streetcar Loop Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) (7.8M PDF)

To request a hard copy of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), call 503-797-1756.

Background

In early 2008 Metro released an Environmental Assessment of the proposed streetcar extension from Northwest 10th Avenue and Lovejoy Street in the Pearl District, across the Broadway Bridge and south along the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Grand Avenue couplet. This followed a summer 2006 approval of the extension by the Metro Council. The ultimate goal is to create a loop back across the Willamette River to the Westside.

The local approval of an extension followed the Eastside transit alternatives analysis that evaluated potential transit alternatives to improve circulation between the Eastside, Lloyd, Pearl, downtown and South Waterfront districts that make up the central city. After reviewing several alternatives, the community-based project advisory committee and local community recommended a streetcar extension. Community members look forward to a new transit option and the bike and pedestrian improvements that are expected to accompany it.

Download the Portland Streetcar Loop Environmental Assessment (35M PDF)
Download the Portland Streetcar Loop Environmental Assessment table of contents and executive summary only (496K PDF)

To request a hard copy of the Environmental Assessment, call 503-797-1756.

The Eastside transit alternatives analysis evaluation and Locally Preferred Alternative reports are available below.

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