Lawmakers in Washington and Oregon continue to escalate a standoff
over whether the Project Formerly Known as the Columbia River Crossing
should include light rail.
You'll never guess whose side TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane
is on. He says U.S. Department of Transportation officials are more likely to back the CRC if it's differentiated from "very big auto bridges" they usually see.
But in this video, taken during McFarlane's visit to WW offices last Thursday, he also says the Oregon Legislature is running out of time
to get federal dollars. And he says a federal commitment of 50 percent of capital costs is the new normal for infrastructure projects.