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
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.
Lake Oswego to Portland transit public scoping meeting
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.
Alternatives forwarded by Metro Council
On Dec. 13, 2007, the Metro Council approved options to advance for further study in an environmental 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.
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. About 120 participants completed feedback forms to indicate their preferences among the alternatives studied.
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.
Alternatives analysis background report
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.
During the alternatives analysis, visual simulations were created for the two alternatives studied in detail: bus rapid transit and streetcar.
The project Purpose and Need statement was revised and adopted by the project advisory committee in October 2005.