The steering committee for Metro’s Powell-Division transit project has spoken. Moving forward, it will focus on bus rapid transit (BRT) options, dropping from considering street car and light rail options.
The unanimous vote came as committee members said they were focused more on a project that could be built soon and require substantially less private property acquisition and roadway impacts than a rail project.
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The committee also voted unanimously to focus on a transit route that would use Powell Boulevard in inner Portland, then jog north to Division Street somewhere between 52nd and 92nd avenues, before heading east to Gresham. The route could then extend as far east as the Mt. Hood Community College campus near Troutdale.
For more on the Powell-Division project, see my earlier post.