The Metro Council recently adopted a list of High Capacity Transit corridors meriting further study in developing the new regional high capacity transit plan:
Metro Council advances 15 priority areas for possible transit investments
Corridors chosen will help improve region’s communities by increasing transportation options
The Metro Council voted today to approve further evaluation of 15 transportation corridors for future investments in light rail, commuter rail, bus rapid transit or rapid streetcar. The corridors are spread throughout the region and will be part of Metro’s Regional High Capacity Transit System Plan. The Plan is a 30-year approach to prioritizing investments in new transportation corridors as well as changes to existing corridors, and is being developed as a component of the federally mandated Regional Transportation Plan.
The 15 areas were narrowed from a broad list of 55 proposed corridors, which Metro developed with region-wide engagement from residents, businesses, community organizations and local elected leaders. The HCT corridors are also coordinated with the City of Portland’s developing Streetcar System Plan, TriMet’s Transit Investment Plan (FY 08), the South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART) Master Plan and the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council’s HCT plan.
“This region’s foresight to plan and then invest in high capacity transit has clearly been a cornerstone of our quality of life,” said Metro Councilor Carlotta Collette. “In fact, ridership on the existing regional high capacity transit system has continually increased. The system has helped promote sustainable communities and has improved mobility and accessibility without increasing reliance on single occupancy vehicles.”
The corridors selected for further evaluation best fit the criteria of expected ridership, cost, environmental constraints, social equity, transit connectivity, traffic congestion and regional 2040 Growth Concept land uses. Funding and specific modes have not yet been designated for any particular corridor.
The Council also adopted a set of criteria to prioritize the 15 selected corridors. These criteria are based on community, environment, economic and deliverability measures.
A system-wide examination of a regional high capacity transit system was last completed in 1982. This plan has resulted in nearly 90 miles of light rail, commuter rail and streetcar being built and/or planned for construction by 2016.
Metro, the regional government that serves 1.4 million people who live in the 25 cities and three counties of the Portland metropolitan area, provides planning and other services that protect the nature and livability of our region.