Southwest Corridor Conceptual Design, Area Planning, & Urban Design
VIA is a member of a three firm Joint Venture (with ZGF and Mayer Reed) for station area planning, urban design and architecture on this multi-year project. VIA’s scope includes overall project management, the drafting of a public Conceptual Design Report to illustrate the overall project vision, workshops, open houses, and lead architectural and urban design for eight new light rail stations in the City of Portland to 30% in coordination with the Southwest Transit Partners team for engineering. The project scope includes:
- 11-mile extension of the existing MAX Light Rail system. It will offer a 30-minute ride between Downtown Portland and Tualatin
- 10-miles of new sidewalks and crosswalks to improve comfort and promote walkable access to transit and local station area amenities.
- Over 6- miles of enhanced bicycles facilities and bike parking, including areas with shared streets, raised protected bike lanes and protected intersections to encourage both bicycle commuting and access to transit.
- Up to 2,000 Park & Ride spaces along the alignment.
- 6-miles of shared transitway, allowing buses to travel within light rail guideway to enhance the speed, reliability and convenience of bus routes serving Hillsdale and other Southwest communities.
- A new operations and maintenance facility in the City of Tigard.
In addition to station area planning and coordination with jurisdictional partners (ODOT, City of Portland, Washington County, Portland Metro, Cities of Tigard and Tualatin) VIA is supervising scopes for Alta Planning and Design for an Active Transportation Assessment, Fehr and Peers for a Mobility Market Suitability assessment, as well as EcoNW for economics and real estate and a TOD assessment to help the project meet adopted commitments for 900 units of affordable housing as part of the Southwest Equitable Development Strategy.