Lynn Peterson to Become Washington's New Transportation Secretary


UPDATE: Gov. Inslee's office confirmed at 1 pm that Peterson will be the next WSDOT secretary.“We need an innovative approach to fixing a transportation network that is outdated and hampering our economic growth,” Inslee says in a statement. “Lynn has the experience, creativity and leadership skills to help Washington build a transportation system for the 21st century. And we’ll do that in ...   More
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Washington Transportation Co-Chair: CRC Needs New Direction


The open rebellion against the Columbia River Crossing project in Washington continues.Even as Oregon legislators have put $450 million for the project on the fast track, Washington Senate Transportation Committee Co-Chair Sen. Curtis King (R-Yakima), is calling for a major overhaul of the $3.5 billion project—including chucking light rail.In a Jan. 31 letter to Gov. Jay Inslee obtained by WW, King, ...   More
Friday, February 15, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Light Rail in Vancouver Headed to Court


Vancouver light rail foes haven’t given up the fight to compel the city’s government from spending any resources on extending Portland’s MAX line to Vancouver’s downtown.Seventy five plaintiffs filed suit against Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey on Monday, challenging a state law that required Kimsey to invalidate duplicate signatures.“Six hundred and eight Vancouver voters who are qualified, ...   More
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

After CRC Hearing, Lawmakers Will Consider "Boring And Dull Day"


Lawmakers are prepare for today's 3 pm public hearing on the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project, which is expected to last until 9 pm as partisans on both sides make their cases.Meanwhile, here's a reminder that not every bill carries the same heft.Three lawmakers, Rep. Bill Kennemer (R-Oregon City); Sens. Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River) and Alan Olsen (R-Sandy), have proposed House ...   More
Monday, February 11, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Clark County Joins Clackamas in Resolution Against CRC


Not to be outdone by Clackamas County commissioners, Clark County leaders put forward their own nearly identical anti-Columbia River Crossing resolution today.Sponsored by newly-elected Commissioner David Madore—who made his opposition to the $3.5 billion highway, Interstate 5 bridge and light rail project nearly his sole campaign issue—it's set for a vote on Tuesday.The resolution has likely got ...   More
Thursday, February 7, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

CRC Sticks to 116-Foot Bridge Height, Asks Feds for Approval


The Columbia River Crossing bridge will be 116 feet high. And despite signs that may not be OK with local Coast Guard officials, the White House may be ready to overrule them.The embattled project submitted a bridge permit, at the urging of federal authorities, to the Coast Guard—which is tasked with making sure bridges won’t impede river traffic—for its approval on Jan. 30. The $3.5 billion ...   More
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Four Members of Congress Want CRC Economic Impact Study


Today four members of Congress, Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.), Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) wrote to the Coast Guard's top officer in the Northwest today asking for further evaluation of the potential economic impact of the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing Project. It's worth noting that all four members are Republicans, who ...   More
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Pay Up or Shut Up

Lawmakers’ first order of business: Find $450 million for a rebranded CRC project.

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After more than a decade and $160 million spent on planners, consultants and lobbyists, the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing’s moment has finally arrived.  When lawmakers c   More
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Washington Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Block Light Rail


In case we weren't sure about how Clark County feels about light rail, Washington legislators introduced a bill yesterday asking for a law to block it.The bill comes two months after the county voted down a $2.5 million a year sales tax to pay for the operation of an extension of MAX into downtown Vancouver as part of the Columbia River Crossing.The CRC, the largest infrastructure project the area's ...   More
Thursday, January 17, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD


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