City of Vancouver Officials Want to Pay for Running the Columbia River Crossing's Light Rail

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Here's another sign backers of the Columbia River Crossing are serious about reviving this once-dead idea: The Vancouver City Council is taking up the charge of paying for light rail.The council is set to hold a workshop on Sept. 9 to discuss ways to cover the $2.5 million a year light rail operations and maintenance costs as planned, even though Clark County voters rejected a sales tax to cover the ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Andrea Damewood

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler Calls Columbia River Crossing's September Deadline into Question

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Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler is calling into question the ambitious September-or-bust timeline given by backers trying to sustain the ailing Columbia River Crossing.In a terse letter (PDF) sent today to Gov. John Kitzhaber's top adviser on the project, Patricia McCaig, Wheeler says CRC staff are "going to have to make a great leap forward in a short period of time to provide legally adequate ...   More
 
Monday, August 19, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

CRC Coalition Backs a Revised $2.75 Billion Project

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The Columbia River Crossing Coalition, a bistate group of businesses and citizens who support the CRC, sent a letter to Oregon and Washington's governors today, asking for a revived $2.75 billion project.The letter, released late this afternoon, comes on the heels of CRC officials confirming yesterday they are looking for new ways to revive the $3.5 billion megaproject, even though Govs. John Kitzhaber ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

CRC Officials Confirm It's a Zombridge

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We hate to say we told you so, but... the Columbia River Crossing is a zombridge, officials confirmed to the Portland and Vancouver daily newspapers.Patricia McCaig, head of intergovernmental relations and government affairs for the project, told The Oregonian yesterday that planners are scrambling to come up with a design by Sept. 30 that would use funding from Oregon and not from Washington state. Last ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Columbia River Crossing Website No Longer Says Project is Shutting Down

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When the Columbia River Crossing was unceremoniously dumped from Oregon and Washington's transportation project rolls in early July, the erstwhile "long term comprehensive solution" for Interstate 5 quickly changed its splash page to this (screen grab from July 8):But as WW reported, there's effort underway to try and revive the project in some form, as evidenced by the CRC's continued progress in ...   More
 
Monday, August 5, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

The CRC in the NYT: Rail Bridge May be Good for Light Rail

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Always up on the latest trends and news in Portland, the New York Times has once again waded into our waters.Or, depending on how you look at it, our SNAFU—the Columbia River Crossing.The paper recounts the $3.4 billion project's failure, and recounts how local leaders, namely Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, are working to find other ways to make elements of the CRC ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Zombridge!

If the CRC is dead, why are state officials still seeking permission to build it?


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About 25 opponents of the now-defunct Columbia River Crossing raised their drinks at Produce Row’s bar July 12 to celebrate the megaproject’s death. The happy hour included activists, econ   More
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Kitzhaber's Top Columbia River Crossing Adviser, Patricia McCaig, Under Ethics Investigation

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The Oregon Government Ethics Commission today voted to formally investigate potential ethics law violations by Gov. John Kitzhaber's top adviser on the Columbia River Crossing.Patricia McCaig, who orchestrated Kitzhaber's successful push to get the now-defunct $3.5 billion project through the Oregon Legislature, is being investigated for the possible violation of eight ethics laws, a preliminary ...   More
 
Friday, July 12, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

No More Bridge to Nowhere

Blind faith in the fatally flawed—and now dead—CRC starts a new I-5 conversation.


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George Crandall knows how to kill a freeway. In the 1970s, Crandall helped lead the fight against the Mount Hood Freeway, which would have torn through Southeast Portland neighborhoods. In defea   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

CRC Foe Says Gregoire's Retirement Doomed Project

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The governors of Oregon and Washington say the Columbia River Crossing is dead.The Washington senate rejected a transportation bill Saturday that contained the state's $450 million share of the $3.5 billion CRC. The outcome, thanks to the staunch opposition of the Republican majority state Senate, was largely seen as inevitable.But, Republicans aside, there are signs that Gov. Jay Inslee may have not ...   More
 
Monday, July 1, 2013 by Andrea Damewood

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