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Staff says what's known as the LPA at-grade refined route would have fewer negative impacts.

COURTESY OF TRIMET - This map shows the Southwest Corridor light rail route TriMet staff believes would have the fewest negative effects on the area. TriMet staff believes a Southwest Corridor light rail route that uses what's known as the LPA at-grade refined proposal to make its way from Bonita Road to Bridgeport Village is the best path for the proposed rail system to take as it makes its way through Tigard.

That was the recommendation made to the 16-member Community Advisory Committee during a meeting held Thursday in Tigard.

Scott Robinson, a TriMet design manager, told the group – composed of members representing various citizen, business and education perspectives -- that the committee's task was to let staff know if they were in favor of TriMet's recommendation.

Robinson said staff looked at six options and selected what's known as the LPA (or locally preferred alternative) route at road grade (see accompanying map) after the route passed such criteria as having fewer impacts, costing less, providing for the location of a station at Upper Boones Ferry Road to serve an employment center there and the fact there would be the potential for designing its Bridgeport-area terminus so that no businesses would be displaced.

The other alternative TriMet had keyed in on last month as a primary option was the 74th Avenue refined route. Several large companies including PGE and Comcast had said that route would have affected their operations significantly.

"There is still much more work to do," Robertson told the committee. "We're at 5% design (stage)."

Robertson said TriMet had received 168 comment cards from those attending recent public meetings along with 350 emails and letters regarding the proposed routes.

"In the comment cards, there was a preference for the LPA elevated," said Robertson.

Earlier this year, TriMet had added two routes that would have elevated rail tracks in an effort to address significant traffic issues and concerns at the location where the light rail tracks will cross Upper Boones Ferry Road. However, those proposals were later determined to be too costly.

Robertson said overall, comments were in favor of some version of the LPA at-grade refined or elevated routes over the 74th Avenue options.

By a display of hands, the Community Advisory Committee on Thursday showed they were unanimously in favor of the LPA at-grade refined option.

Next, the Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project Steering Committee will determine whether to accept the staff's recommendation on the Bonita to Bridgeport

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