Tigard Officials Express Concerns With Aspects of Proposed Light Rail

While members of the Tigard City Council passed a resolution accepting TriMet’s final conceptual design report for the Southwest Corridor Light Rail project, the city still has concerns about traffic, the location of a Southwest Hall Boulevard station, and how a maintenance facility might affect future development in the downtown area.

At issue are plans to build an 11-mile MAX line that would take riders from downtown Portland to the Bridgeport Village shopping complex in Tigard. That line would include seven light rail stations built in Portland, five in Tigard and one in Tualatin.

Whether that happens may hinge on voter approval of Measure 26-218, a wide-sweeping transportation package known as “Get Moving 2020” proposed by Metro that, among other projects, would provide an estimated $975 million for the Southwest Corridor light rail line.

But Tigard officials have recently expressed concerns about the specifics of light rail coming through their city, with Mayor Jason Snider telling TriMet officials that the project has changed significantly since its inception years ago, when there were plans for a station in downtown Tigard and plans to cross Southwest Upper Boones Ferry Road at grade. The mayor has also expressed frustration that the final environmental impact statement hasn’t been shared with the city yet.