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Light Rail Extension

Map depicting the Light Rail alignment and project area
The full build of the Hayden Island interchange, as described in the Final EIS, was planned to occur as funding became available.

Light rail would have been extended to Vancouver

CRC would have expanded travel options by extending an existing 52-mile regional light rail system an additional 2.9 miles across the Columbia River to Vancouver. The new extension would have ended near Clark College in the Central Park Neighborhood and included a station on Hayden Island, four stations in Vancouver and three new park and rides. In addition, the project would have provided transit connections to C-TRAN and TriMet bus routes and the region’s streetcar lines.

More information about light rail in Vancouver.

Light rail would have improved commute and regional connections

Light rail would have provided a reliable alternative to automobile travel and helped to relieve congested conditions across the Columbia River. Trains would have linked many key regional destinations:

  • Downtown Vancouver
  • Portland International Airport
  • Downtown Portland
  • Clackamas
  • Gresham
  • Hillsboro
  • Milwaukie (Portland to Milwaukie project to be completed in 2015)

Light rail would have added new stop in Portland

On Hayden Island there were designs for a new, elevated light rail station that integrated with the vision of the Hayden Island community.

More information about light rail in Hayden Island.

Light rail service would have been efficient and safe

At opening, light rail service would have provided a dedicated transit alternative with frequent service. Weekday peak service would have provided trains every 7.5 minutes, with 15-minute service during off-peak periods by 2030.

Light rail station design would have resulted in a safe, user-friendly system that is integrated into the community near residential and commercial buildings. Design features would have included:

Light rail by the numbers

2.9 miles of rail in the CRC extension

miles of existing light rail network

minutes between trains during weekday peak service (15 minutes during off-peak periods) in 2030

trips per day crossing the Columbia River on light rail expected by 2030

6 million
boardings per year expected
by 2030
  • Managed pedestrian access to stations through thoughtful placement of entrances and exits, fencing, lighting and landscaping
  • Visual and audible warning devices to alert users of approaching trains
  • Open and visible waiting areas to allow all activity to be seen
  • Clearly-defined fare zone for maximum enforcement

In addition, CRC was working closely with the City of Vancouver and City of Portland police, and C-TRAN and TriMet security to maximize passenger safety at stations and park and ride facilities, as well as on light rail trains. The security plan would have included:

  • Monitoring stations and trains by transit security and local police officers
  • Enforcement of fare payment
  • Programs to remove graffiti, pick-up litter and maintain landscaping
  • Closed Circuit TV (CCTV)

How the community shaped light rail design

The Vancouver Working Group, Portland Working Group and Vancouver Transit Advisory Committee were formed to advise CRC staff and project partners on transit issues. Each of these advisory groups made recommendations that were incorporated into project plans, including:

  • Design guidelines for the Hayden Island station
  • Route for the Vancouver portion of the line
  • Design and locations of Vancouver stations
  • Guidance on traffic and parking along the Vancouver route
  • Park and ride design

What were the next steps in designing light rail?

As the project moved toward construction, CRC planned to continue to work with the community and local project sponsors on light rail design details.