Apparently not content with their existing light-rail line between downtown Portland and Gresham, agency planners are mapping out strategery for another line:
Their preferred options, naturally, appear to involve either light rail or what they laughingly refer to as a "rapid streetcar" line. But, careful not to show their hand too soon, they also include two bus options. Of course, nobody's really made up their minds (nudge, nudge). It is, after all, early in the planning stage, and they're still trying to devise a way to ram a light rail line into Tigard and Tualatin. They've got a lot on their plate.
Not one of the local broadcast or print media have reported any of this, as you might imagine; only rail advocates seem to be in the loop at present, and they're not inclined to widely disseminate the current state of rail planning in the SE corridors. What's interesting is that Tri-Met is so far underwater financially that entertaining further rail expansion is nothing short of ludicrous. They can't afford to pay for operating what they've already got.