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TriMet will make a recommendation to the Southwest Corridor Light Rail Steering Committee in May.

COURTESY METRO - A graphic showing landmarks along the potential Southwest Corridor MAX route. Ironing out the likely route the Southwest Corridor Light Rail project will make as it travels through Tigard is reaching the home stretch as TriMet hones in on the pros and cons of two possible paths through the city.

On Monday, the Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project Steering Committee heard an overview of what's next for the proposed rail system that begins south of the Portland Transit Mall, travels through Tigard and likely will end in the Bridgeport Village area.

Scott Robertson, a TriMet design manager, said staff is now looking primarily at two options – 3 and 5 – before returning with recommendations to the steering committee in May.

Those options include what's known as the LPA (or locally preferred option) At-Grade Refined Route and the 74th Avenue Refined Route.

Off the table are any proposed plans to elevate the tracks, something that was being considered as a possibility earlier this year. While elevated tracks would have addressed traffic concerns, they were considered cost prohibited for the most part if the Southwest Corridor is to make it all the out Bridgeport Village.

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