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Clackamas County Commissioners ask TriMet to reconsider design of Portland to Milwaukie Light Rail

Clackamas County Commissioners sent a letter Tuesday asking TriMet officials to reconsider design of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail project, to stop at the Clackamas County border.  Commissioners voted 4-1 on Jan. 31 to make the request of TriMet. 

Commission Chair John Ludlow and Commissioners Paul Savas, Martha Schrader and Tootie Smith voted in favor. Commissioner Jim Bernard voted no.

The letter, (copy attached) released today,  indicates that Clackamas County will seek "voter authorization" in May before deciding whether to proceed with planned land acquisitions TriMet needs to complete the construction.

In November, Clackamas County voters approved a ballot measure seeking a public vote before committing county resources to finance, design or operate light rail projects within the county.

"Though we are not certain what the outcome of the vote will be, there is a potential that our voters may not support elements of the project necessary to advance the project all the way to Park Ave. Therefore, we ask that you carefully consider any and all alternatives that terminate the project north of Park Ave., either in Milwaukie or at Tacoma Street,” the letter states.

The letter will be up for citizen discussion at the Commission’s  business meeting Thursday, Feb. 7  starting at 10 am in the Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City.

For more information please contact Tim Heider at (503) 742-5911 or

Read the County’s Letter and TriMet’s Response

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