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Updated Information on March Workshops

Corridor Design Workshops | Southwest Corridor Plan Here is updated information regarding the Southwest Corridor Plan Design Workshops in March! As the discussion of potential high-capacity transit from Portland to Tualatin progresses, planners and decision-makers are reaching out to the public for help on deciding where the transit design options in these communities would be...
Engineer, father, daily commuter: Meet Bill Beers

Engineer, father, daily commuter: Meet Bill Beers

The Southwest Corridor Plan team is taking a look at what daily life means to different individuals in the corridor. Through March, the Southwest Corridor Plan Blog will be featuring profile pieces exploring what is important to people who live, work, and get around in corridor communities. Work-life balance most important consideration for Tualatin father...

Background on SW Corridor’s newest advisory group: Implementation and Development Southwest

On Thursday, Jan. 23, the newest advisory group associated with the Southwest Corridor held its first meeting. As the name may suggest, the intent of Implementation and Development (ID) Southwest is to, put simply, get stuff done. The committee is a group of individuals with varying areas of expertise related to project implementation. For example,...
"On any given day – two hours of transit"

“On any given day – two hours of transit”

Bus rider shares pros and cons of public transportation lifestyle If you didn’t know Jennifer Dixon’s age, you’d probably guess younger than her 39 years. Wearing an Oregon sweatshirt and a beanie pulled down over long, wavy red hair, seated in a Tigard coffee shop, Dixon looked every bit the college student – which, in...

New implementation advisory group, local transit upgrades for Southwest Corridor

FROM METRO NEWS (news.oregonmetro.gov) During the Jan. 13 Southwest Corridor Plan Steering Committee meeting, approval of an implementation advisory committee and presentations on enhanced local bus service and multimodal projects stole the show from discussion of high capacity transit. Metro’s Southwest Corridor Plan is a comprehensive planning initiative, targeted at realizing the land use visions...

Why is high capacity transit being considered in the Southwest Corridor?

One of the simplest, most straightforward, and frequently asked questions regarding the Southwest Corridor Plan is this: Why are decision-makers even considering a high-capacity transit line in the Corridor? Why not expand roads instead, or just do nothing? Put simply, the current geography of the corridor, including landforms and existing buildings, coupled with anticipated area...
Sweet dreams, from Tualatin: mattress maker looks ahead

Sweet dreams, from Tualatin: mattress maker looks ahead

The Southwest Corridor Plan team is taking a look at what daily life means to different individuals in the corridor. Through March, the Southwest Corridor Plan Blog will be featuring biweekly profile pieces, exploring what is important to people who live, work, and get around in corridor communities. Local mattress manufacturer considers area growth, traffic...
Biking Barbur: a behind-the-handlebars perspective

Biking Barbur: a behind-the-handlebars perspective

The Southwest Corridor Plan team is taking a look at what daily life means to different individuals in the corridor. Through March, the Southwest Corridor Plan Blog will be featuring biweekly profile pieces, exploring what is important to people who live, work, and get around in corridor communities. Bike commuter shares thoughts on Barbur ride...

The status of transit plans for the corridor: where TriMet meets Metro

During the community planning forum held in Tigard on November 6, some attendees expressed confusion about the nature of the event. Was it a TriMet or a Southwest Corridor event? Why weren’t they talking about high capacity transit? And what do the two groups even have to do with each other? The short answer: For...
Draft Purpose and Need refinement: What it is, and why it's important

Draft Purpose and Need refinement: What it is, and why it’s important

At a community planning forum in Tigard on November 6, the Southwest Corridor Plan team gave an update on the status of their project: they have entered the refinement phase of the draft purpose and need statement for a high capacity transit project in the corridor. High-capacity transit (HCT) is a hot-button issue in the...