No, this is not a post about the Southwest Corridor project, though that is certainly a relevant topic here. Instead, it’s an update on the Service Enhancement Plans covering the west side of town, both the Westside SEP (covering Beaverton, Aloha, Hillsboro, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Cedar Mill, Cedar Hills, and Bethany), and the Southwest SEP (covering SW Portland, Tigard, Durham, King City, Tualatin, Sherwood, Lake Oswego, and West Linn). TriMet published the Westside plan last year, and Portland Transport examined it then. Now, TriMet has published a draft vision for the Southwest region, and is seeking public comment. While the Southwest SEP draft anticipates somewhat the Southwest Corridor project, it doesn’t include it. Oh, and the SW map also drops a few more hints (and contains a few revisions) of plans for the Westside.
The obvious caveat: This is a vision document, not something for which there (necessarily) exists funding to pay for. Both plans include substantial increases in service hours–and there are many things in these documents that have long been on TriMet’s published wishlist, but never delivered by the agency.
This article will focus a bit more on the Southwest changes, but highlights of the Westside plan are also included–especially where it appears things have changed.