|WES Commuter Rail station|
Tualatin station seen in 2019
|Location||18955 Southwest Boones Ferry Road|
Tualatin, Oregon, U.S.
|Line(s)||Portland and Western Railroad|
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Bicycle facilities||Lockers and racks|
|Opened||February 2, 2009|
Tualatin is a commuter rail station in Tualatin, Oregon, United States. Situated between Wilsonville station and Tigard Transit Center on Southwest Boones Ferry Road, it is the second of five stops northbound of TriMet's Westside Express Service (WES), which links the city to Beaverton, Tigard, and Wilsonville and provides a connection to MAX Light Rail at Beaverton Transit Center.
The station was approved as part of the Washington County commuter rail project in 2004. Construction was delayed until 2008 after issues emerged with the station's location. It opened for regular service in February 2009. Trains serve Tualatin station on weekdays during the morning and evening rush hours with a headway of thirty minutes. The station includes a 129-car park and ride lot and is served by two TriMet bus lines: 76–Beaverton/Tualatin and 97–Tualatin–Sherwood Rd.
Tualatin had previously been served by the Oregon Electric Railway (OE), which operated an interurban line between Portland and Salem, and eventually to Eugene, beginning in 1908. The line's Tualatin depot is believed to have stood at the site of the present-day WES station. When passenger volume failed to develop as projected coupled with competition from the automobile, OE terminated its passenger rail service in May 1933. Diesel freight service continued to run along the route into the 1990s.
Planning for a commuter rail line between Beaverton and Wilsonville was led by Washington County and began as early as 1996. Local governments authorized the project in 2001, and after several years of delays owing to a lack of funding, the Federal Transit Administration approved the line's construction in 2004. Plans for the location of a station in Tualatin were finalized as early as 2001 when a site along Boones Ferry Road was selected in the city's transportation plan. Construction on the rail line began in October 2006.
In 2006, the Haggen Food & Pharmacy store adjacent to the station began an effort to change the location of the rail stop. They contended the station did not have enough parking—original plans for the station included 111 parking spaces—and increased traffic would further worsen congestion. Haggen's arguments led to a delay in construction of the station, which had been scheduled to begin in July 2007. The city and TriMet countered that the location had been selected in 2001 and re-affirmed in 2005 without objection by Haggen, with TriMet later threatening to forgo having a station in the city.
In August 2007, the two sides compromised with the station location remaining as planned, but with increased parking. On January 9, 2008, construction of the station began with a groundbreaking ceremony attended by local dignitaries including Tualatin mayor Lou Ogden, and county commissioner Tom Brian. The public artwork was installed in September 2008. The station was completed in time for the line's opening on February 2, 2009.
|Side platform, doors will open on the left or right|
|Northbound||→ WES toward Beaverton Transit Center (Tigard Transit Center) →|
|Southbound||← WES toward Wilsonville (Terminus)|
Situated on the east end of Hedges Green Shopping Center near the intersection of Southwest Boones Ferry Road and Southwest Seneca Street in downtown Tualatin, Tualatin station is one of five WES stops occupying the 14.7-mile (23.7 km) rail line owned by Portland and Western Railroad. It consists of 129 park and ride spaces and bicycle amenities, which include 24 covered bike rack spots and six bike lockers. The station's covered passenger area, which exhibits enhancements over TriMet's standard design practices intended to blend the platform in with the neighborhood's existing architectural styles, includes a clock tower and red brick columns. The Tualatin Development Commission contributed $491,000 for construction to pay for the enhancements. The platform measures 146 feet (45 m) in length and 15 feet (4.6 m) in width, covers about 2,000 square feet (190 m2), and sits four feet above the ground. It features card-only ticket vending machines and a digital information display showing WES and bus arrival information.
Public art at the station consists of an interactive sculpture created by Frank Boyden and Brad Rude. Entitled Interactivator, 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, glass in the windbreak is etched with a willow pattern.
Tualatin station is situated between Wilsonville station and Tigard Transit Center on the WES Commuter Rail line, which runs between the cities of Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin, and Wilsonville. The commuter rail line offers a connection to the Blue and Red lines of MAX Light Rail at Beaverton Transit Center. With WES operating only on weekdays during the morning and evening commutes, trains arrive at the station every thirty minutes per direction from 5:26 am to 9:33 am and again from 3:38 pm to 7:40 pm. The station also serves as a bus stop for TriMet's 76–Beaverton/Tualatin and 97–Tualatin–Sherwood Rd. routes. Additionally, the city of Tualatin provides the Tualatin Shuttle, a free deviated, fixed-route shuttle bus service operated by Ride Connection, to connect riders between Tualatin station and local employers. The service, which operates two routes on the north and south areas surrounding Southwest Tualatin–Sherwood Road, runs in coordination with WES train arrivals and is open to the public.
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