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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
The Metro Council resolution on the alternatives to advance into the Draft Environmental Impact Statement is available for download.
Download the resolution (PDF)
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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
The project Purpose and Need statement was revised and adopted by the project advisory committee in October 2005. Download the statement below.
Hard copies of these materials are available by request.
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