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Light rail was chosen as the preferred transit option in the Southwest Corridor by the Metro steering committee overseeing the project on Monday.


Light rail was selected over bus rapid transit by a 10 to 2 vote by the committee that represents seven cities in the corridor between Portland and Sherwood, along with Washington County, TriMet and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

According to Metro, the committee considered light rail to be more reliable and less expensive per ride than bus rapid transit.

The alignment under study does not actually go to Sherwood but stops at Bridgeport Village near Tualatin. A new bus line for the Tualatin-Sherwood Road employment area is scheduled to start service June 6.

The committee also vote to stop considering a tunnel to Portland Community College's Sylvania Campus. Other connections to the busy campus will be studied. A new bus line for the Tualatin-Sherwood Road employment area is scheduled to start service June 6.

The Southwest Corridor Project is scheduled to be the next major transit line in the region. It includes transportation improvements and development opportunities along the alignment.

The steering committee will consider a draft list of alternatives and projects to include at its next meeting on June 13. The soonest the line could open is 2025.

To learn more, visit www.oregonmetro.gov/public-projects/southwest-corridor-plan.

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