The TriMet Board of Directors recommended that Metro adopt the final proposed route for the Southwest Corridor MAX line at its Wednesday meeting.

The route has previously been released by Metro, which is in charge of planning the project that TriMet will own and operate if it is built. Among other things, it would build much of the proposed line between Portland and Tualatin down the center of Southwest Barbur Boulevard, while preserving two lanes of motor vehicle traffic in both directions.

“This project extends frequent, high-capacity transit into a corridor that needs it today and will need it even more in the future,” said TriMet General Manager Doug Kelsey. “Project partners and community members have worked long and hard to reach this moment. This is a demonstration that together we can work to substantially improve mobility throughout the Southwest Corridor.”

If approved by Metro, the proposed route, officially known as the Locally Proposed Alternative, would run 12 miles between the southern end of Portland State University through Tigard to Bridgeport Village. It would include 13 potential stations and as many as seven Park & Rides with up to 3,500 parking spaces. It also allows for two miles of shared transitway for future express bus service.

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