Tigard light rail expansion too close to call

A plan to expand MAX light rail into Tigard is too close to call.

Riders waiting to get on the Orange Line MAX train in Milwaukie, October 10, 2016 (KOIN)
Riders waiting to get on the Orange Line MAX train in Milwaukie, October 10, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A plan to expand MAX light rail into Tigard is too close to call.

As of 9 p.m., approval for the light rail expansion leads 51.9% to 48.1%.

The project is expected to cost as much as $2.8 billion, with half of the money to come from federal grants. The rest must come from local and regional sources.

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City officials voted in June to refer the ballot measure asking voters if they wanted the city to cooperate in the construction of a MAX light rail from Portland to downtown Tigard.

This is part of the Southwest Corridor Plan which seeks to expand MAX light rail between Portland, Tigard and Tualatin.

It’s similar to a plan long fought in Milwaukie. But voters passed it, the Orange Line began and a year later city officials and residents in Milwaukie said the Orange Line has exceeded their expectations and did not live up to the fear of increased crime in the city.