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The Southwest Corridor Steering Committee has delayed two key decisions in the years-long plan to build a MAX light-rail line or rapid bus line from Portland to Tualatin.


FILE PHOTO - Planners have delayed two key decisions on the Southwest Corridor Plan, which could see either a MAX line or rapid bus line come to Tigard and Tualatin as early as 2026.The committee was expected to announce a decision on a transit mode this December, choosing between a rapid bus system similar to Eugene’s EMX or a new MAX light-rail line.

But at their committee meeting on Oct. 12, committee members pushed that decision back to February 2016, as well as a decision whether to build a tunnel from Barbur Boulevard to Portland Community College’s Sylvania campus.

The committee — made up of representatives from Metro, the Oregon Department of Transportation, TriMet, Tigard, Beaverton, Sherwood, Tualatin, Portland, King City, Durham and Washington County — has been studying the Southwest Corridor Plan since 2008. The plan calls for a series of transportation improvements across the region, including plans to build a high-capacity transit line down Barbur Boulevard into Tigard and Tualatin.

The committee was originally scheduled to choose between MAX light rail and a rapid bus line in July 2013, but opted to move both projects forward and decide between them at a later time.

On Oct. 19, Metro launched a new version of its interactive map tool, where community members can learn about the Southwest Corridor Plan and offer feedback. The map is available at oregonmetro.gov/swcorridormap.

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