The Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project will result in the taking of hundreds of properties.

Learn about the potential impacts to your property and your right to just compensation.

The Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project will result in the taking of hundreds of properties.

Learn about the potential impacts to your property and your right to just compensation.

Project Overview

The Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project is a significant transit project that will extend transportation services, including a new MAX line, from downtown Portland to Bridgeport Village. The Project includes over 12 miles of a new MAX light rail line that will be constructed along major arteries including SW Barbur Boulevard and Lower Boones Ferry Road. The Project is estimated to cost between $2.6 and $2.8 billion. It will require the taking of hundreds of properties, in whole or part. In order to take the properties, TriMet will exercise its power of eminent domain.

Project Details

Numerous state and local entities are partnering on the Southwest Corridor Project including the Cities of Portland, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin, Beaverton, Durham, King City, as well as Washington County, TriMet, Metro, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Substantial construction is planned for the Project, including 13 new light rail stations, new park and ride lots accommodating up to 3,600 parking spaces. The construction plans for the Project are still being developed, but there will be significant impacts to property owners along the 12-mile route.

Project Updates

August 2018 – Project steering committee recommends a preferred alternative route including a proposed alternative routes along Barbur Boulevard, including the planned Barbur transit center, as well as a planned route near Bonita Road. The full recommendation can be accessed here.

June 2018Draft environmental impact statement released for the Project.

Project Timeline

The current estimated timeline for the Southwest Corridor Light Rail project includes:

Ongoing through 2019

Final Environmental Review

Final environmental review culminating in the final Environmental Impact Statement.

Ongoing to 2023

Advanced Design and Engineering

2020 to 2023


Funding, including regional funding vote in 2020 and federal funding agreement in 2023.

2023 to 2027


Impacted Properties

The Project will necessitate significant construction along the planned 12-mile route, resulting in various impacts to adjacent properties ranging from temporary construction easements to the permanent taking of property. To see if your property is targeted for taking, click the link immediately below. It will take you to detailed maps and lists of properties.

Properties Targeted for Taking

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Neil N. Olsen

Neil is one of Oregon’s most experienced eminent domain and condemnation lawyers. With one of the most active condemnation trial practices in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, he obtains just compensation for Olsen Barton’s clients against condemning authorities such as TriMet, ODOT, WSDOT, and various counties. He is also a regular speaker on the protection of property owners’ just compensation and due process rights when faced with takings.

Neil has been recognized by his peers in publications such as Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers, and authors the Oregon Condemnation Law blog. Prior to becoming an attorney, he served as a legislative analyst for the Texas House of Representatives.

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Paul B. Barton

Paul Barton maintains a vibrant business and real estate practice that includes both transactional and litigation matters. By actively representing clients in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Utah, Paul has an in-depth knowledge of law that allows him to navigate the nuances in the law throughout the western region. In addition, with an M.B.A degree from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, and a prior business career with Coca-Cola, he has a unique insight that allows him to better understand the legal needs of his clients.

As a business and real estate lawyer, Paul assists owners, developers, lenders, franchisees, tenants, and other clients with retail and office leases, real estate acquisitions and dispositions, corporate finance, loan workouts, and other transactional matters.

As an experienced litigator, Paul regularly handles disputes involving business and real estate litigation, including contract disputes, shareholder disputes, construction defects, employment matters, non-compete and trade secret cases, securities fraud, foreclosures and receiverships, and other matters.

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Brian J. Best

Brian’s practice focuses primarily on representing clients in a wide range of litigation matters, including eminent domain, property and business disputes, construction defect, personal injury, and medical malpractice. He also advises the firm’s business clients on a variety of topics.

Brian represents the firm’s clients at all stages of litigation including pre-dispute resolution and negotiation, motion practice, mediation, arbitration, trial, and appeal. While Brian always endeavors to obtain a favorable, risk-managed solution for the firm’s clients, he also recognizes the necessity of taking a case to trial and is always prepared to do so to protect a client’s interests.

Brian previously worked at one of the largest litigation firms in Portland where his practice focused primarily on defending medical malpractice, personal injury, and premises liability claims.

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Chris M. MacMillan

Chris’s practice focuses on real estate transactions and a wide range of litigation matters, including property and contract disputes. Chris has represented and advised, among others, property owners, buyers, sellers, real estate brokers, and homeowners associations. Chris is approved as a continuing education instructor for real estate licensees in Washington and Oregon, and regularly teaches courses to real estate professionals in all aspects of real estate law.

Chris previously worked at a boutique real estate law firm in Seattle, where his practice focused primarily on counseling real estate brokers and property owners. Chris is a 2014 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, where he served as an executive editor of the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation, conference co-director for the world’s oldest and largest public interest environmental law conference, and a legal research and writing tutor.

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