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Relevant Transportation-related Factors

Oregon 43 Conceptual Design Plan
The Oregon Hwy 43 Concept Plan is a conceptual design plan that improves the transportation environment for multiple modes of travel and adjacent land uses. The Plan proposes enhanced streetscape amenities such as vegetated medians, planter strips, wide sidewalks and raised bike lanes, to promote safety and to encourage walking, bicycling and public transit use. Mobility upgrades, such as access management, signal coordination and new left turn lanes are intended to improve roadway capacity. 

Transportation Planning Rule
Amendments to functional plans, comprehensive plans or land use regulations that significantly affect an existing or planned transportation facility must be accompanied by measures enacted by the local government which assure that permitted land uses are consistent with the identified function, capacity and performance standards for that facility. 

Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project
The Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project is an effort to improve the trip capacity of the Highway 43 Corridor between Portland’s South Waterfront and the City of Lake Oswego. Metro’s travel demand forecasts anticipate that this stretch of Highway 43 will be unable to accommodate the influx of new residents and jobs that are expected in this area in the next 25 years. After a preliminary review of a number of improvement alternatives, the Project’s Steering Committee forwarded three for additional review: no-build, frequent bus service with limited stops, and streetcar. 

A Draft Environmental Impact Statement submitted to the Federal Transit Administration in December 2010, revealed that the streetcar option most appropriately responded to future travel demand in this corridor. The Project’s Steering Committee has subsequently recommended advancing the streetcar option for further study and consideration. Project partners are currently reviewing the Steering Committee’s recommendation prior to a final decision by the Metro Council in 2012. 

Portland to Milwaukie Light Rail Project
The Portland to Milwaukie Light rail project is a new 7.3 mile MAX line that will connect Portland State University in downtown Portland with areas south of Milwaukie. Service on this line is expected to open in 2015. By 2035, analysts expect this line to carry approximately 27,000 riders per day. Portland to Milwaukie Light rail stations are within walking distance of nearly 22,000 households and 85,000 employees.

2011 West Linn Trails Plan
The City of West Linn is proposing a comprehensive, city-wide network of non-motorized, multi-use trails to connect homes with schools, parks and recreation areas, and jobs and commercial areas.  It also seeks to promote public health and safety, improve recreation opportunities, and provide transportation alternatives. The Plan recommends 17.3 miles of off-street and 45 miles of on-street connections. The Plan is currently under review by the West Linn Planning Commission. A final decision on the Plan is expected in Fall of 2011. 

2035 West Linn Transportation System Plan
As mandated by Metro’s recent adoption of the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), the City of West Linn must bring its local Transportation System Plan (TSP) into compliance with the goals and policies of the RTP by December 2012. The next local TSP Update will incorporate a number of measures to ensure a truly multi-modal transportation system that maximizes the efficiency and effectiveness of the City’s existing transportation infrastructure. The TSP Update will include performance standards for increasing bicycle, pedestrian, and transit trips as well as reducing single-occupancy vehicle trips and greenhouse gas emissions. This Update will also include performance measures and evaluation criteria to monitor the effectiveness of proposed recommendations. 

Metro 2035 Regional Transportation Plan
Metro’s recently adopted RTP includes measures to reduce congestion and vehicle delay, reduce air quality impacts and promote the regional economy. The RTP guides local transportation policy by requiring local conformance with adopted standards. A few notable standards adopted in the RTP will require Cities to establish performance targets for reducing single-occupancy vehicle trips and increasing bicycle, pedestrian and transit trips, establishing parking management plans for Metro 2040 Target Areas, and developing programs to evaluate the effectiveness of Plan recommendations. 

Metro 2040 Regional Framework Plan
The Metro 2040 Regional Framework Plan identifies regionally significant nodes of development that will be the focus of future regional economic development efforts. The Plan establishes five types of regionally significant target areas; Station Communities, Main Streets, Corridors, Town Centers, and Regional Centers. West Linn hosts three 2040 designated Target Areas; the Highway 43 Corridor, Bolton Town Center, and Willamette Main Street. The Framework Plan envisions these areas as regional satellite centers providing a range of services and connected by a well developed multi-modal transportation network. 

TriMet Transit Investment Plan
TriMet’s Transit Investment Plan (TIP) identifies the agency’s capital and operational priorities in the near term (five years). The agency’s most recently adopted TIP identifies the implementation of frequent bus service (15 minute, or less, headways) in the Highway 43 corridor as a priority investment.