Austin Wishes It Had a Light-Rail System Like Portland's

Except for the employee pensions, reduced bus service and political backlash.


Look on our light-rail system, ye Austinites, and despair. The city council of Austin, Texas, is trying to persuade city voters to fund a $600 million light-rail line. So the local newspaper, The Austin American-Statesman, came to Oregon to conduct an in-depth examination of the rail system that's given Texan transit wonks a case of "Portland envy."Their findings? Portland's transit system is ...   More
Monday, August 11, 2014 AARON MESH

MAP: Where Would the New, Billion-Dollar Light-Rail Tunnels Go?


Regional officials are starting to blanch at the potential costs of drilling a new light-rail tunnel into the West Hills. As WW reported Tuesday, Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick and others have asked regional planning agency Metro to slow down on studying possible tunnels under Oregon Health and Sciences University, as part of a new transit line to Tualatin.Novick warned local governments would ...   More
Thursday, June 12, 2014 AARON MESH

Tigard Voters Block Southwest Light-Rail Plan


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?

Dr. Know
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


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


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


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?


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


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


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