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Transit forum set for January

Interested in learning more about the potential for MAX light rail or bus rapid-transit coming to Tigard and Tualatin? Then you might want to attend a public forum in King City on Jan. 8.

Hosted by the Washington County Democratic Party, the forum will offer proponents and opponents the chance to speak their mind on the issue.

For years, Metro and city leaders have been planning to bring some form of high-capacity transit to Tigard and Tualatin. Plans are to either extend MAX light-rail service or to create a bus rapid-transit system sometime over the next several years.

But some people in Tigard and King City have opposed the idea. King City voters approved a plan in 2011 that would block the city from working on a light-rail line without a public vote.

In Tigard, voters will decide in March on a similar referendum that would force a vote before any new high-capacity transit corridor is built within the city, effectively prohibiting the city from even planning for a high-capacity transit line without telling voters exactly how much of the roadway would be taken up by the line, expected changes in housing density or land-use regulations and a projected cost of the project.

The panel will include Former Tigard Mayor Craig Dirksen, as well as Tigard City Councilor Jason Snider, Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden and Tualatin City Councilor Joelle Davis.

Roads Not Rails will be represented by Tigard residents Art Crino and Steve Schopp.

The forum will include a question and answer session.

The discussion is meant to inform residents about the issue before March’s vote, party leaders said.

“The issue is extremely important for Southwest Portland, Tigard, Sherwood and Tualatin area,” Democratic Party leaders said in a statement, “as it will impact future transportation and planning for the next 20 years.”

The forum begins at 7 p.m. in the King City Clubhouse, 15245 S.W. 116th Ave.



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