April 16th, 2013 | by ANDREA DAMEWOOD News | Posted In: Activism, Politics, Transportation

Transportation Secretary: Columbia River Crossing Not Designed For Speed

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Back in Washington D.C. after stumping for the Columbia River Crossing in Washington state last week, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood continues to take a beating over the megaproject.

Today, U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.), tore into him over the controversial project, D.C. Streets Blog reports.

Last week, video was leaked from LaHood's meeting with Washington state senators opposed to the $3.4 billion light rail, highway and Interstate 5 bridge project. One Vancouver Republican boasted he "schooled" LaHood in a press release.

D.C. Streets Blog, a transportation site, says that during a meeting today with the House Appropriations Committee, LaHood clashed with Herrera Beutler, who opposes an extension of TriMet's MAX line into downtown Vancouver. When she asked him why build an expensive light rail line to save one minute in travel times, LaHood replied "we don’t promote building roads or bridges to get places faster."

Here's a recap from D.C.:

Over and over, [LaHood] made the argument that he owed it to the people who have spent 10 years planning the bridge to get it done, an argument which Herrera Beutler easily shot down.

“We take our cues from the people that are in charge,” LaHood said, to which she retorted, “Well, guess what? I’m one of those now.”

 
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