Tigard Transit Center
|bus transit center/WES commuter rail station|
|Location||8960 Southwest Commercial Street
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Structure type||At grade|
|Parking||Park & Ride: 100 spaces|
|TriMet bus lines 12, 45, 64, 76, 78, 93, and 94.
Yamhill County Transit Area routes 44, 45X, and 46
Tigard Transit Center (more formally known as the Thomas M. Brian Tigard Transit Center) is a bus transfer center and train station in Tigard, Oregon, United States. Operated by regional public transit authority TriMet, the facility opened in 1988 as a bus transit center, and a station for service from the Westside Express Service (WES) commuter rail line was added in 2009. The station is the middle stop of the five-station line.
Tigard Transit Center was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and opened for buses in 1988, served by about 200 bus trips per day. The design received a commendation from the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1988. The site already had a Greyhound bus station (located in an adjacent storefront), which remained there after the transit center's opening but moved to a location on Main Street in the 1990s.
Plans for a rail connection started as early as 1991 when a proposal for a light rail line was studied, with the transit center as its southern terminus. As of 2009, this line has not been built, but it is still planned with studies to begin as early as 2013.
Plans for the commuter rail service between Beaverton and Wilsonville began as early as 1996. In 2001, the Federal Transit Administration authorized the project, and in 2004 it approved the project. Construction began in October 2006. The line is the first suburb-to-suburb commuter rail line in the United States, and the first commuter rail line in Oregon.
Groundbreaking for the rail station at the center was in December 2006, and was led by Oregon senators Gordon Smith and Ron Wyden. The public artwork at the station was installed on September 3, 2008. The line was opened on February 2, 2009. In 2009, TriMet announced they would add additional bike lockers at the transit center using federal stimulus funds. In May 2011, the transit center was dedicated as the Thomas M. Brian Tigard Transit Center in honor of former Tigard mayor and county commissioner Thomas M. Brian, who had helped make the WES rail line a reality.
The WES station is one of five on the 14.7-mile (23.7 km) rail line that utilizes Portland and Western Railroad’s freight rail line. Located in downtown Tigard on Commercial Street south of Oregon Route 99W, the station and line are only in operation during the morning and evening commute times from Monday through Friday. The station has 100 parking spaces at its park-and-ride lot and is served by six bus lines. The city allocated $100,000 for refurbishing the existing TriMet-operated bus transit center at the site, which opened in 1988. At the northern terminus, the Beaverton Transit Center, passengers can connect to MAX Light Rail.
Public art at the station consists of an interactive sculpture created by Frank Boyden and Brad Rude. The sculpture features bronze heads and a vehicle designed to represent the train and the variety of people who ride the line. The vehicle moves along a track and has an animal figure displayed in a scene atop the piece. Additionally, the station has a mural along one of the walls.
The transit center is served by the following bus lines:
- 12 – Barbur/Sandy Blvd
- 45 – Garden Home Rd
- 64 – Marquam Hill/Tigard
- 76 – Beaverton/Tualatin
- 78 – Beaverton/Lake Oswego
- 93 – Tigard/Sherwood
- 94 – Pacific Hwy/Sherwood
- Yamhill County Transit Area (YCTA) service to McMinnville (routes 44 and 45X on weekdays; route 46 on Saturdays)
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