The steering committee advising on the TriMet Southwest Corridor light rail project recommended a route for the Portland, Ore., line on Aug. 13.
The steering committee voted unanimously in favor of the routing option that will direct the train on Southwest Barbur Boulevard rather than Naito Parkway.
The light-rail line will stretch 12 miles from downtown Portland to Bridgeport Village in Tualatin. Those overseeing the project have identified more than 60 routes for the line throughout the past seven years, officials said.
Officials said multiple resources informed the route decision, such as the Southwest Corridor Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), feedback from the public and staff recommendations from partner agencies.
The route recommendation is a major milestone for the Southwest Corridor Plan, officials said.
“The project is still in the early stages,” a statement said. “As the route gets more defined, planners are working to minimize impacts to homes and businesses.”
Officials said they received more than 1,000 comments regarding the plans during the DEIS public comment period, including spoken testimonies, written letters, emails and web survey submissions.