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Light Rail Extension
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
- 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.
features would have included:
Light rail by the numbers
2.9 miles of rail in the CRC extension
52 miles of existing light rail network
7.5 minutes between trains during weekday peak
service (15 minutes during off-peak periods) in 2030
18,700 trips per day crossing the Columbia River
on light rail expected by 2030
6 million boardings per year expected
- 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
- 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
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.