Design is progressing on the Red Electric Trail Project. We anticipate having 60% design completed in January or February 2018. I will reach out to the neighborhood and business associations and SW Trails to attend their regularly scheduled meetings in March or April. The project should go to bid in Fall of 2018, but you may not see construction activity until Spring of 2019.
The Red Electric trail is a proposed trail along the route of the old Red Electric tram line.
This trail will go west from Hillsdale somewhat paralleling, but staying south of, the Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway. You can learn more about it by downloading the pdf brochure.
Click image to download the brochure
A walker’s guide to the Red Electric — Walk along the historic route of the Red Electric.
History of the Red Electric railroad line from Portland to Eugene with historic maps and pictures
Red Electric Time Table from 1926
Red Electric Trail on Facebook — includes announcements of upcoming work parties
Other SW Trails projects
The Watershed Building in Hilldale, 6388 SW Capitol Hwy
The first of two planned open houses for the Red Electric Trail Project: SW Bertha to SW Vermont Section. The project will construct a new bike and pedestrian bridge between SW Capitol and SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway. The Bureau of Transportation and the consultant team will present the current design alternatives and alignments being considered for the bridge as well as sidewalk improvements on SW Nebraska. The City is inviting the public to review the current design alternatives and provide feedback. A second open house will be scheduled for March to present the selected design concept. Light refreshments will be provided.
Contact: Elizabeth Mahon, Elizabeth.Mahon
The SW Trails met with the city officials about the Red Electric Trail in December 2014. Here is a revised version of the minutes of that meeting.
Robert Hamilton wrote a letter of support for the Red Electric and other SW Trails projects to the Portland city officials (PSC@portlandoregon.gov,TSP@portlandoregon)
A request to move forward with the Red Electric Trail was created jointly by the South Portland Neighborhood Association, the Hayhurst Neighborhood Association, the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association, the Hillsdale Business and Professional Association, and SW Trails. This request was sent to Portland City Commissioners Amanda Fritz and Steve Novick.
SW Trails has submitted to the Commissioners of the Planning and Sustainability Commission a document recommending a reconfigured and relocated Red Electric trail.
The Red Electric Trail Newsletter tells about recent activity that SW Trails has initiated toward making the Red Electric Trail a reality.
SW Trails has also compiled a brief history of the planning for the Red Electric that has gone on for the last 10 or 15 years.