From: Tim Heider, Clackamas County Public Affairs Manager, (503) 742-5911 08-15-12

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County reaches Tri-Met agreement

Proposed Clackamas County - TriMet agreement would save County more than $6 million, add improvements; public comment invited at Aug. 22 special meeting

Clackamas County and TriMet are considering a re-negotiated agreement to lower the county’s general fund contribution to TriMet's Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail project to $19.9 million, a reduction of $5.1 million.  In 2010, the county committed to paying $25 million towards the light-rail project (1.6 percent of the total project cost) with payment due by Sept. 3.  The $5 million reduction is roughly split between lowered costs for TriMet and County in-kind contributions.

The agreement, if approved, would eliminate $6.6 million in County borrowing and includes numerous project enhancements expected to improve public safety and result in a better project for the community. The county may also save $1.25 million by exercising the option to pay this year rather than in September 2013.

The proposed agreement, which has not been approved by the Board of County Commissioners, is available online at www.clackamas.us.

The Commission has scheduled a special public meeting for 6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 22, to give the public an opportunity to comment on a borrowing resolution.  The meeting will be held in Room 409, Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City. 

People who would like to comment but are not able to attend the meeting are invited to submit written comments by 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 22, by email to BCCmail@clackamas.us, or by US mail to BCC, 2051 Kaen Rd., Oregon City, OR 97045.

``This proposal from staff will save Clackamas County taxpayers millions of dollars, and ensures a better project," said County Commission Chair Charlotte Lehan. “As elected officials, we have a duty  to give it serious consideration.” 

The proposed agreement includes an extensive list of enhancements to be included in the Clackamas County portions of the light rail project, including the following:

  • Safety and security upgrades around the Park Avenue Light Rail Station and Park & Ride, including closed security cameras, and expanded police presence coordinated wit the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office;
  • Community connectivity improvements to make it easier for people in the area to access light rail, including new sidewalks and intersection upgrades;
  • Livabilityenhancements, including noise, light and vibration mitigation, and landscaping and hard-scape treatments, and
  • Design and natural area improvements including extensive planting of native species and storm-water treatment.

The proposal will be voted upon at the Commissioner's business meeting scheduled August 23 at 10 a.m. in Room 409, Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City.

The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail line, currently under construction, will have its southern terminus in unincorporated Clackamas County at the corner of McLoughlin Boulevard and Park Avenue.  Clackamas County is one of several agencies – along with the federal government, the cities of Milwaukie and Portland, Multnomah County, Metro and the Oregon Department of Transportation – partnering with TriMet to fund the 7.3-mile line from Portland State University to Oak Grove.  The new line, the second light rail line to connect Clackamas County with the rest of the Portland Metro region, is expected to open in 2015.

For more information, please contact Tim Heider at (503) 742-5911 or theider@clackamas.us

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