FTA not Sympathetic to AORTA Request

A week or so ago, there was a small blurb in the Tribune that the Federal Transit Administration had rejected AORTA’s call for an independent review of the Transit Mall LRT project.

Portland Transport requested a copy of the FTA response from TriMet. Here’s a scan of the letter (PDF 1.1M). Cutting to the bottom line:

We have not seen any compelling justification in your recent letters that would cause us to ask the Metro Council to reconsider the planning decisions they have made, change the design parameters that TriMet is now using to complete their final design for the I-205/Portland Mall project or cause FTA to supplement the completed environmental review process or its New Starts project evaluation.

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