TriMet weighs bond for Tigard-Tualatin light rail

The proposal is in the exploratory stage

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. (AP) – TriMet might ask congestion-weary voters to spend big money for a new light-rail line and other transportation projects.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the plan – as currently imagined – would place a $1.7 billion bond measure on the November 2018 ballot. If passed, it would impose a new property tax assessment on homeowners within the service area. The assessment would cost the average homeowner an additional $150 a year. Vehicle registration fees would also increase.

Officials with the Portland-based regional mass transit agency caution that the proposal is in the exploratory stage, and could be changed or scrapped.

The light-rail line under consideration would connect downtown Portland with its southern suburbs Tigard and Tualatin.

A recent Oregon Department of Transportation report came to a conclusion that most drivers already know – Portland-area bottlenecks have been getting worse.