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:
There are multiple considerations when determining the right type of and level of investment for high capacity transit. These include:
|Determining where high capacity transit should go in the corridor will affect capital costs, transit system operating costs and transit ridership as well as the benefits that such an investment will bring to help meet the local community visions in the areas it may serve.|
|If the steering committee determines that bus rapid transit should advance for more detailed analysis, it will also give direction on how it should be designed for that analysis, including the level of exclusive right of way it should have.|
|Each regional high capacity transit investment has relied on a multi-jurisdictional funding strategy to be built.|
|As the steering committee balances the benefits and tradeoffs of the options for high capacity transit and other investments, it will do so in light of several potential outcomes for the communities in the corridor.|
|The alternatives that are advanced for more detailed analysis may have multiple design options, serving different needs and goals. These design options will be analyzed and decided on during a refinement stage through mid-2014.|
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