TUALATIN, Ore. (KOIN) — KOIN 6 toured the proposed Southwest Corridor light rail route on Wednesday as it nears its final stages of planning.
The new branch in the city’s regional transit system will connect commuters in Portland to Tigard and Tualatin, as well as other forms of public transit.
City and regional planners estimate 75,000 new residents will be living in the Southwest Corridor by 2035.
Project leaders and city planners gave media a tour of the planned route and explained some of the route’s key stops and why the region desperately needs improvement to public transit.
“There are about as many people that commute from Portland to jobs in Tigard and Tualatin as there are people that commute from Tigard and Tualatin to jobs in Portland.” said Jennifer Koozer, the community affairs manager with TriMet. “This is really serving as a 2-way commute and connection to the larger transit system.”
The project isn’t just a new light rail line — it also includes miles of new bicycle and pedestrian lanes to connect people to light rail stations and offer more interconnected commuting routes.
Many of the final details of the project are still up in the air. TriMet officials said they’re wrapping up years of environmental impact studies, as well as community planning and input, and hope to have more specific plans complete by 2020.
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TriMet has also been in touch with businesses and people who may be affected by the route and have to relocate, though they won’t have to move right away. Construction won’t begin for several years.