Are you curious about what has been happening with Linking Tualatin during the past few months? The project held four meetings with local property and business owners in March to discuss the plan and hear their concerns. These comments will be added into the plan as it is prepared for City Council and Planning Commission meetings starting in April 2013. To match the extended schedule of the SW Corridor Plan, the Linking Tualatin project is expected to be finished by August 2013.
Partnering for Transit Improvements
The east-west transit connection emphasized in Linking Tualatin has been included in the public transportation projects contained in the Transportation System Plan (TSP) as part of the Transit Modal Plan. This east-west connection includes bus service connecting Highway 99W with downtown Tualatin, looking for a potential park-and-ride location in west Tualatin, expanding the shuttle service currently operated by the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce, and extending service hours for all transit.
The Linking Tualatin project is tracking very closely with the Southwest Corridor Plan process, which has been extended from December 2012 to August 2013. The city is providing valuable input to the Southwest Corridor work, and will continue to integrate Linking Tualatin with these efforts as options for future high capacity transit in the region become clearer. For the latest information about the Southwest Corridor Plan, visit the project page.
After outreach activities over the summer and fall of 2012, the project reached out to property owners and businesses in several neighborhoods in March 2013; discussing how these recommendations may be implemented and the potential affects to properties or businesses. The project staff wanted to speak with property owners about the project and continue a dialog as land use and transportation changes are refined and implemented. Individual meetings will continue with property owners and businesses that could not attend the meetings.
The Tualatin Planning Commission (TPC) and Tualatin Parks Advisory Committee (TPARK) receive regular updates on Linking Tualatin. Community members are always welcome at these meetings and we encourage you to come hear more about this important project.
What's Linking Tualatin?
Studying land use, employment and transit in our city.
Looking for ways to help employees and residents get to and from their jobs more easily, and identifying ways to reduce car use, while improving walking and bicycle connections.
Focusing on major employment areas such as the Tualatin Town Center, Nyberg Woods and Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, Bridgeport Village, the Leveton District, and the rest of the city's western industrial area.
The Linking Tualatin plan is being prepared to provide better transit opportunities for Tualatin residents and workers in the future.
The plan is related to the Metro Southwest Corridor Plan (SW Corridor Plan) for the U.S. 99W corridor that integrates multiple efforts:
Local land use plans to identify actions and investments that support livable communities
A corridor refinement plan to examine the function, mode and general location of transportation improvements
The transit alternatives analysis to define the best mode and alignment of high capacity transit (HCT) - likely bus rapid transit (BRT) or MAX light rail - to serve the corridor.
The SW Corridor Plan is a partnership among:
Multnomah & Washington Counties
Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)
Cities of Beaverton, Durham, King City, Lake Oswego, Portland, Sherwood, Tigard, and Tualatin.
The SW Corridor includes not only the area within Tualatin immediately along U.S. 99W but also the western industrial area, the Tualatin Town Center, and the Bridgeport Village area.
The Tualatin Transportation Task Force (TTF) participates in this planning as well as in the Transportation System Plan (TSP) update and the Basalt Creek Concept Plan.
How to Get Involved
Your input on key issues, goals, objectives, recommendations and proposed investments are essential to creating a Linking Tualatin Plan that meets the unique needs of all citizens of our city.
You have a variety of opportunities and methods to participate in the planning process, including:
Public meetings (refer to the City Calendar)
Attending your local Citizen Involvement Organization (CIO) or other community group meetings/events, where information about Linking Tualatin is presented
Commenting by e-mail or phone to Cindy Hahn, AICP, Associate Planner via the contact information below.
The City Calendar is an excellent gateway to meeting information.
chahn [at] ci [dot] tualatin [dot] or [dot] us (subject: Linking%20Tualatin) (Cindy Hahn, AICP)
[Webpage updated 3/29/2013]
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