The Vermont Corridor is being studied in multiple phases. The project is beginning the environmental review process, scheduled to be complete in 2025.
In February 2017, Metro completed Phase I - the Vermont Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Technical Study . The purpose of the study was to explore and develop recommendations for an effective BRT corridor that could include median, side-running, and/or curbside dedicated bus lanes, as well as other proposed service and street improvements. As a result of the study, four initial BRT concepts were identified and evaluated. Of the four concepts, two stood out as being the most promising in terms of providing the greatest benefits. In March 2017, the Metro Board directed staff to conduct further analysis to ensure that neither of these two BRT alternatives precluded a later conversion to rail.
In March 2019, Metro completed Phase II of the study - the Vermont Transit Corridor – Rail Conversion/Feasibility Study . This study focused on considerations that should be included in the final design of any BRT concept to ensure that its implementation does not preclude any potential future conversion to rail. The study also identified several feasible rail modes and ridership thresholds to help inform the potential conversion of BRT to rail in the future.
In April 2019, the Metro Board directed staff to advance both the BRT and rail concepts into environmental review. At that same time, the Board also directed staff to study the feasibility of extending these BRT and/or rail concepts further south from 120 th Street to the Metro J Line (Silver) Pacific Coast Highway transitway station. This is currently being evaluated under a separate study known as the Vermont Transit Corridor South Bay Extension Feasibility Study.