A key part of the Southwest Corridor Plan is a proposed 12-mile MAX light rail line from downtown Portland to Tigard and Bridgeport Village in Tualatin, along with numerous walking, biking and roadway projects to help people access stations.
Light rail is typically paid for by a mixture of federal and local dollars. To qualify for federal financial support, the project is required by the National Environmental Policy Act to complete an Environmental Impact Statement, or EIS.
The Federal Transit Administration, Metro and TriMet are the co-lead agencies for the environmental review process.
Get information on this process in this March 2017 project newsletter.
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Draft Environmental Impact Statement
The lead agencies are currently preparing a draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed light rail project. The draft is anticipated for release in early 2018.
We want the public and leaders to understand what changes light rail could bring. Through 2017, we will study:
- traffic congestion
- roadway changes, including widening, closures and new signals, turn lanes, medians, etc.
- changes to property and driveway access
- property purchases
- safety and security
- noise and vibration
- disruptions during construction
The documents below help explain what this review will include.
Learning more about route options - Briefing Books
These draft documents begin to share information about each of the alternatives described in the Light Rail Project Alternatives for Environmental Review document. The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) and the Steering Committee are reviewing these at their meetings. Documents will be updated periodically.
Agency Coordination Plan
This document guides efforts for coordinating the participation of public agencies and tribes in the environmental review.
Fall 2016 Scoping Period
A public scoping period occurred from Sept. 2 to Oct. 3, 2016, providing an opportunity for people and agencies to submit comments on what project components and issues to include in the Environmental Impact Statement.
These attachments were included in the materials released for public review and comment during the scoping period.
Other scoping documents
Your voice matters
A Community Advisory Committee, including residents, businesspeople and representatives of institutions and communities along the proposed MAX line, is helping advise this process. Learn more about this committee
There will be more opportunities to comment in the future. Join our email list to receive updates.