MAX tunnel to Oregon Health and Science University a possibility
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Portland, are you ready for another MAX tunnel?
The idea – and let’s be clear, that’s all it is at this point – has surfaced in discussions about extending light rail out Southwest Barbur Boulevard to Tigard and beyond, next in line for the region’s growing light rail system.
The tunnel would serve Oregon Health & Science University, the city’s largest employer, through an underground station similar to the one that serves the Oregon Zoo.
“It might be a speck of dust on somebody’s desk,” said Mary Fetsch, TriMet spokeswoman, but she said any discussion of a specific project is premature.
A decision to build a tunnel – or even to extend light rail to the Southwest, is a long ways off, but officials from the state, Portland, Metro, TriMet, and other cities in a corridor out to Sherwood have launched a mosaic of planning efforts aimed at determining first where the population growth and employment centers should be, and then figuring out the best way to connect them, Portland city planner Tracy Morgan told the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Wednesday night.
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