Proposed MAX line: To Bridgeport, no narrowing of Barbur

A Southwest Corridor Light Rail Steering Committee will hold a public hearing on the proposed light rail route and new recommednations from TriMet.

The possibility of narrowing sections of Barbur Boulevard to single lanes as part of the proposed Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project appears to be a moot point, TriMet officials revealed Tuesday.

"These refinements to Barbur Boulevard included narrowing the project footprint by removing a lane of vehicle traffic in areas where it was feasible, and/or running the train adjacent to I-5 to avoid complex areas," Roberta Altstadt, TriMet media relations & communications manager, wrote in an email. "Barbur refinements did not prove to be feasible as the impacts were not acceptable to project leadership."