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TriMet, retailers come to terms on parking/circulation plan for Washington County Commuter Rail station

The Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Haggen Food & Pharmacy and ZIAN Limited Partnership recently agreed on a parking and circulation plan for the Washington County Commuter Rail Tualatin Station. The design calls for:

• Adding 44 new parking spaces adjacent to the station, bringing the total to 155 spaces, which would be used both by riders and Hedges Green Retail Center visitors. The 155 spaces exceeds ridership demand projected through 2020.

• Relocating the entrance to the park-and-ride at SW Nyberg Road 50 feet west to ease congestion and improve safety.

• Redesigning traffic flow between the north and south parking lots would be redesigned to optimize circulation and increase safety.

Washington County Commuter Rail will use existing freight tracks to provide commuter-rail service to Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin and Wilsonville when it opens in September 2008. The line — Oregon’s first commuter-rail line and among a handful of suburb-to-suburb commuter lines in the United States, TriMet says — will connect to the Beaverton Transit Center with a dozen bus lines, and MAX Blue and Red lines, as well as bus service at each station.

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