Washington County Democratic Party hosts event at King City Clubhouse

A public forum on rapid transit in southeast Washington County will be held Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. at the King City Clubhouse to give proponents and opponents of rapid transit an opportunity to speak on the issue.

Metro and local leaders have been planning for some form of rapid transit in Southwest Portland and southeast Washington County for several years. The Southwest Corridor Plan is a comprehensive approach to achieving community visions through integrated land use and transportation planning, and a study group has narrowed the choices down to dedicated bus lanes (bus rapid transit) and/or light rail.

In July 2013, the Southwest Corridor Plan Steering Committee recommended a shared investment strategy, identifying key investments in roadways, active transportation, parks, trails and nature as well as options to be studied further.

Meanwhile, a group was busy gathering signatures to place a measure on the March 14, 2014, ballot for the residents of Tigard to vote on that would amend the city charter to prohibit the city of Tigard from entering into any discussion, planning or participation regarding any form of rapid transit without a vote of the people.

Scheduled for the panel on Jan. 8 and representing rapid transit will be Metro staff, previous Tigard mayor and current Metro Councilor Craig Dirksen, Tigard City Council staffer Joanne Bergtson, Tigard City Counselor Jason Snider, Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden and Tualatin City Council Member Joelle Davis.

Speaking in favor of the Tigard ballot measure will be Tigard citizens Art Crino and Steve Schopp.

Following the panel presentation, the audience may comment and ask questions of the people representing the two sides.

This issue is extremely important as it will impact future transportation and planning for the next 20 years.

Tigard residents who will vote on the ballot measure are invited to attend to become informed on the transit issue, and all citizens in the surrounding area who will be impacted by the Tigard vote also are invited to come and get informed and have an opportunity to speak out.

The King City Clubhouse is located at 15245 S.W. 116th Ave., King City.

The information was provided by the Washington County Democratic Party; for more information, contact Nancy Lewis at 503-639-7050.

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