Land owners along proposed SW light rail route asking questions
Property owners along Barbur Boulevard now know whether they own land that wil be affected by a light rail line that may get built someday.
Those who aren't sure have been calling Eryn Kehe, a Senior Communications Specialist at Metro who's been working with curious Southwest residents.
"Most of the people affected either got a letter from us or read about the project in the newspaper," she said. "If they call me I can tell them if their property is on the list and if it's going to be affected."
She says it's still too early to give them a lot of specifics because the light rail line is far from being a done deal. Since June she has received sixty calls and is happy to talk to anyone whose property might be effected. (503-797-1811)
She says respresentatives of some of the jurisdictions affected by the proposed line have approved the plan released in August to run the line down Barbur Boulevard. She reports that Washington County, the City of
Tualatin and the Tri Met Board have already done so. The other jurisidictions are expected to vote in November.
The route they're voting on would send trains southbound from downtown Portland along Barbur Boulevard and then through Tigard and Beaverton before the line ends at Bridgeport Village in Tualatin.
If you're a registered voter you may see a money measure on the ballot in November of 2020 sponsored by Metro. The Portland Tribune reported that the cost of the SW light rail line would be between $2.64 and $2.86 billion in inflation-adjusted dollars.
Kehe says that vote has to be taken to demonstrate to Washington DC that the line has the support of the people. That's if it passes. The hope is that the federal government will chip in 50% of the project's cost. Any less than that would increase the bite on local property tax payers. Also required by the Feds is an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which analyzes any potential harm to the environment caused by construction and operation of the line.
Release of the EIS is still at least a year away.
In Metro literature for the SW Transit Corridor, of which light rail is a huge part, the projected date for the line to start operating is 2027.