The proposed project to extend the streetcar to Montgomery Park in Northwest Portland was first identified in the 2009 Streetcar System Concept Plan and more recently studied in the Montgomery Park Transportation and Land Use Study. A transportation project would extend the NS Line north and west to the Montgomery Park office building and would include completely rebuilding NW 23rd Avenue from NW Lovejoy to NW Vaughn—including new stormwater management and accessibility upgrades. When approved, the land use component of the proposed project could create a new mixed-use district with affordable housing and jobs on and around the former ESCO steel plant site.
The City of Portland will propose final land use and transportation plans for consideration by the Planning and Sustainability Commission in late 2022 and may seek federal transit funding for the project in 2023. The extension of the streetcar to Montgomery Park and rebuilding of NW 23rd from NW Lovejoy to NW Vaughn could be under construction by 2026.
• New streetcar extension to Montgomery Park through the former ESCO steel site, located north of NW Wilson Street and between NW 24th Avenue and NW 26th Avenue.
• New mixed-use district west of Highway 30 served by zero-emission, high-capacity transit.
• Repair and reconstruction of NW 23rd Avenue streetscape.
• Potential for 3,000+ new units of housing, including 300+ affordable units.
2009—Portland Streetcar System Concept Plan
Spring 2019—Federal Transit Administration awards transit-oriented development planning grant
Fall 2019-Summer 2020—Three public open houses to incorporate community input
2021—Public Working Group refines land use options and finalizes public Discussion Draft
Summer 2022—Proposed Land Use Plan published
2023—Finalize planning and engineering for streetcar extension
2024—Submit application for federal funding
2026—Begin streetcar project construction
Related Planning Projects:
NW 23rd Avenue Streetscape Plan (begins July 2022)