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Have you heard the rumor about light rail coming to Barbur Blvd? It could come true, but there are a lot of decisions to be made beforehand. The City of Portland is working with Metro, ODOT, TriMet and the cities of Tigard, Tualatin, King City and Sherwood to plan for some form of high-capacity transit (i.e., light rail, streetcar, rapid bus service) somewhere in the southwest corridor. Before those transit decisions are made, however, the five cities are working with their communities to develop a vision for their respective sections of the corridor to inform the regional transit decisions. A Barbur light rail line is just one possibility among many being considered as part of the Southwest Corridor Plan.
The Southwest Corridor Plan is a comprehensive planning effort led by Metro to create livable and sustainable communities along the corridor between Portland, Tigard and Sherwood through integrated community investments in land use and transportation. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is beginning work on a portion of that planning process, the Barbur Concept Plan, which will create a long-term vision for the six-mile Barbur Boulevard corridor, from Portland’s Central City to the Tigard city limit. This means identifying potential station areas where housing and jobs would be best served by improved transit, and what sorts of amenities and infrastructure improvements are needed to make these areas successful and enjoyable places to live and work.
Portland's Barbur Concept Plan kicks off in September with two planned neighborhood walks and a
community working group meeting. Visit www.portlandonline.com/bps/barbur to get on the project mailing list and learn more about this exciting project for the southwest’s major boulevard and corridor.