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Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project: Background

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Find reports on the planning process in the corridor thus far.

The environmental analysis phase of the project follows the definition and screening of a broad range of options. Along the way, there were numerous opportunities for public participation: a community design workshop, small group meetings, project citizen advisory committee meetings, open houses, public hearings, a formal public comment period and presentations to neighborhood and community groups.

Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project refinement study

Refinement study report

Download the report from the refinement study.
Refinement study report (1.6M PDF)

Beginning in January 2009, the refinement study developed and evaluated potential streetcar design option options through Johns Landing. In addition, the refinement study also examined the possibility of narrowing of the streetcar terminus options in Lake Oswego. The purpose of the refinement phase was to:

  • minimize residential and environmental impacts
  • seek consensus with surrounding neighbors, property owners and project partners
  • maximizes transit ridership
  • provide an attractive transit alignment option for the Lake Oswego to Portland corridor
  • promote transit-oriented development, where appropriate
  • narrow the design options studied in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, if possible.

As a result of this study, and for the purpose of further analysis in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, the streetcar design options in Johns Landing were narrowed to the Willamette Shore Line, Macadam Avenue in-street and Macadam Avenue additional lane alignments. The Lake Oswego streetcar terminus was narrowed to the Albertsons option.

Lake Oswego to Portland transit public scoping meeting

Public scoping report

Download the report from the public scoping period.
Public scoping report (8.3M PDF)

As a preview of the environmental analysis process for the Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project, a scoping meeting was held April 21, 2008 to provide information on the proposed transit project and the timeline for the environmental study and to invite public participation in the process, including comments on the proposed options to be analyzed.

The scoping meeting began with a presentation on the project background and on the analysis completed to date. Following the presentation, Metro and partner jurisdictional staff were available to discuss and answer questions. The formal public scoping comment period for this project closed on Friday, July 18, 2008. The presentation from the scoping meeting is available for download below.
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Alternatives forwarded by Metro Council

On Dec. 13, 2007, the Metro Council approved options to advance for further study in an environmental analysis. The no-build option, the enhanced bus alternative that would operate on Southwest Macadam Avenue/Highway 43 and the streetcar. For the streetcar alternative, there are various terminus and alignment options:

  • potential streetcar alignments through Johns Landing to include Southwest Macadam Avenue, the Willamette Shoreline railroad right of way or a hybrid of the two routes
  • a streetcar to Lake Oswego that would end at the Albertsons or Safeway site
  • short terminus options that include a temporary Johns Landing terminus in the vicinity of Southwest Nevada Street en route to an eventual Lake Oswego terminus and a permanent terminus in Johns Landing with no extension to Lake Oswego.

The Metro Council resolution on the alternatives to advance into the Draft Environmental Impact Statement is available for download.
Download the resolution (PDF)

Alternatives analysis

The Lake Oswego to Portland Transit and Trail Alternatives Analysis, begun in 2005, developed and evaluated transit and trail alternatives in the Lake Oswego to Portland corridor. Beginning with a wide range of alternatives, the effort resulted in the selection of a short list of promising alternatives to advance into the federal environmental analysis process, a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

Metro partnered with the cities of Lake Oswego and Portland, Clackamas and Multnomah counties, the Oregon Department of Transportation and TriMet in this study. Evaluation results are summarized in the alternatives evaluation summary. The alternatives evaluation summary, the alternatives advantages, disadvantages and issues matrix, and the alternatives frequently asked questions are available for download below. Go

Alternatives analysis public participation

Alternatives Analysis Public Comment Report

Download the report from the public comment period on the project alternatives analysis and its addendum, which covers comments received after the close of the public comment period.
Public Comment Report, September 2007 (10.6M PDF)
Public Comment Report addendum, December 2007 (3.3M PDF)

Open houses

During June 2007 open houses, 215 community members provided input on which transit and trail alternatives they prefer to advance for further study in an Environmental Impact Statement process. Participants reviewed evaluation information on a bus rapid transit alternative on Highway 43, a streetcar alternative on the Willamette Shoreline right of way, Macadam Avenue or parts of both and a no-build option. In addition, they learned how a trail alternative could work in concert with bus rapid transit or streetcar.

About 120 participants completed feedback forms to indicate their preferences among the alternatives studied. The open house comment report summarizes the feedback form questions and written comments. The open house comment report is available for download below. Go

Community design workshop

At the May 30, 2006 workshop, 150 community members provided input on what transit options should be considered on Highway 43 and the Willamette Shoreline right of way and where a pedestrian and bike trail could be built between Lake Oswego and Portland. About 100 participants completed a written comment form describing their ideas and preferences for transit and trail in the corridor as well as issues that need further consideration. The community design workshop comment report is available for download below.
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Alternatives analysis background report

The background report provides context for the Portland to Lake Oswego transit and trail alternatives analysis by compiling, summarizing and analyzing transportation and land use issues, plans and policies along the corridor so that there is a common understanding of previous planning efforts and planned or proposed studies.

The report allowed the study to build on previous work rather than “re-inventing the wheel.” It pinpointed issues that had been put to rest and those that need further review. The report provided policy context and assisted in identifying documented opportunities and constraints within the project study area. The Lake Oswego to Portland Transit and Trail Alternatives Analysis background report is available for download below.
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Visual simulation

During the alternatives analysis, visual simulations were created for the two alternatives studied in detail: bus rapid transit and streetcar.
Learn more about the visual simulation

Project purpose

The project Purpose and Need statement was revised and adopted by the project advisory committee in October 2005. Download the statement below.

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Transportation planning

What is a Locally Preferred Alternative?
A Locally Preferred Alternative emerges from the evaluation of transportation alternatives (bus, bus rapid transit, streetcar, light rail, commuter rail) and alignment (route) options. The analysis evaluates costs and impacts including physical characteristics, operating plans, ridership, revenues, and social and environmental impacts. During the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, the central task in a corridor project is to identify one or more alternatives that provide the best solutions to transportation needs identified in the corridor.

Regional transportation

Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project fall 2010 newsletter

Download the fall 2010 project newsletter, your quick reference to the Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Download PDF (6.0M)

Past newsletters and fact sheets give an overview of alternatives and design options, the Locally Preferred Alternative process and more. Go

Natural areas, parks and trails

Trail in the corridor
Additional study is needed to determine how to advance the trail, which was a part of the project's alternatives analysis. The trail project will continue on a parallel timeline as the transit project progresses through the environmental analysis. The issues and options related to progressing a trail in the corridor will be documented in the Lake Oswego to Portland Trail Refinement Study in early 2010 and include:
  • trail alignment and phasing (potential implementation timelines)
  • public and advocacy group involvement
  • identification of the lead agency for advancement
  • identification of potential capital funding sources.
Some of the physical constraints in the corridor are illustrated in the trail fact sheet. Download PDF (1.1M)

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