Tigard Voters Block Southwest Light-Rail Plan

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Tigard voters have thrown a spoke in the wheel of a possible new light-rail line through Southwest Portland to Tualatin. Unofficial tallies from Tuesday's special election show Tigard voters passed a ballot initiative requiring public approval for any light rail or bus rapid transit project through the city.The initiative has passed by 5,066 votes to 4,846 votes—a margin of 220 ballots—with all ...   More
 
Thursday, March 13, 2014 AARON MESH

Tunnel Vision

Steve Novick says Portland can’t afford sidewalks, but he wants $650,000 for new light rail.


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City Commissioner Steve Novick has spent the past two months saying Portland can’t find the money for basic transportation services such as streets and sidewalks.   But Novick’s city    More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 AARON MESH

Dr. Know: Light Rail, Heavy Expenditures

Why does light rail cost so much?


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Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail cost $1.5 billion for 7.3 miles, or $205 million per mile. I’m a mass-transit fan, but yikes! I don’t see gold leaf on any of the new tracks, so I’m stumped. Ho   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 MARTY SMITH

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

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 ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Vancouver Light Rail Foes Raising War Chest

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Vancouver anti-light rail activists got financial shot this weekend with a fundraiser to pay for legal fees in their fight against extending Portland's MAX to downtown.The activists are leading a petition drive to bring a vote before city voters that would prohibit the city of Vancouver from spending any time or resources on light rail. (Clark County voters already shut down a sales tax ask last fall ...   More
 
Monday, March 25, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Have You Seen The Big Bridge?

A picture's worth a thousand words. So why are there so little of the CRC?

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The Oregon House voted Monday to pony up $450 million in bonds for a bill to help fund the Columbia River Crossing. The Senate is expect to vote on the bill next week. So as the $3.4 billion mega-project hurtles towards receiving the green light, what is the final product going to look like? We’re not totally sure. As BikePortand pointed out in a blog post this morning, visual renderings ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by Matt Kauffman

UPDATED: Washington Democrats Include CRC Money In Transportation Bill

Republicans lobby Oregon Counterparts For No Vote On CRC

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UPDATE 2:20 pm: While Southwest Washington Republicans lobby against the Columbia River Crossing, Democrats unveiled a new $9.8 billion transportation bill unveiled today that contains $450 million for the CRC, The Columbian reports.The package includes a 10 cent gas tax increase, a new annual car tab fee based on 0.7 percent of a vehicle's value, and more than $3 billion in new bonds to raise the ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Washington Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Block Light Rail

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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

Update: Light Rail Will NOT Face Second Vote in Vancouver

Because One "No" on Light Rail *was* Enough

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Update 5:30 pm: The petition is actually invalid, Clark County elections supervisors found. After examining 94 suspect signatures, the county office found that some were duplicates, according to The Columbian. The petition now is 32 valid signatures short of the 5,475 it needed to refer the petition to the city council, and to the ballot.Here's the original story:On the heels of a resounding "no" to ...   More
 
Friday, January 4, 2013 by Andrea Damewood

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