With the 2028 Summer Olympic games now juts six years away (and an influx of state and federal funding on the horizon), Metro is setting out a list of projects that will link the competition venues scattered throughout the region via transit and active transportation corridors.
A staff report scheduled for the January 20 meeting of the Metro Board's Executive Management Committee catalogues 209 different projects that could be useful for residents and visitors during the 2028 games. Staff have compiled a range of different projects which fall roughly into the following categories:
- Adding capacity at key transit stations and transit system bottlenecks
- Expanding bus-only lanes on major arterial streets countywide
- Investments in zero-emission charging infrastructure
- Optimizing access to major venues and activity centers
- Planning and design activities for these projects
The list, which could perhaps be characterized as a "wish list," includes proposals large and small. Based on criteria including cost, equity, and benefits to the games, projects are designated as Tier 1 (highest priority), Tier 2 (average scores), or Tier 3 (lowest priority).
A handful of larger capital projects, identified by an asterisk, were determined by Metro staff to not be ready for implementation, but were still scored and included. Others which are part of a larger bundle of projects that need further analysis are indicated by a double asterisk.
The staff report notes that the list is merely an "initial compilation of projects for consideration," and is subject to change depending on the status of 2028 venues, community feedback, and other considerations.
See the list below: