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The Portland Tribune: Tigard Transit Initiative Touches A Nerve

Sides gird for fight on measure to block high-capacity plans

Traffic and congestion are the top concerns of Tigard residents according to municipal surveys. But next March city voters will be asked to stop the solution being prepared by regional leaders, a new high-capacity transit corridor between Portland and Tualatin. It is supported by the Multnomah County Commission and the city of Portland.

Ballot Measure 34-210 opposes new high-capacity corridor projects in Tigard. It was placed on the March 11 special election ballot by activists opposed to Metro’s Southwest Corridor Project. They do not believe that either transit option being studied — a new light-rail line or a bus rapid-transit line with dedicated lanes — would reduce congestion. Instead, they think it will be used to increase density throughout the corridor.

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