Metro President Tom Hughes Says He'll Seek Reelection


Metro President Tom Hughes says he is seeking reelection, making him one of the first local candidates to plant a flag in next year's races. In his first three years atop the regional planning agency, Hughes, the former mayor of Hillsboro, championed a successful campaign for a $10 million property-tax levy to upgrade and maintain Metro parklands, and dealt with the fallout from revelations a newborn ...   More
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 AARON MESH

As Legislature Shuts Down, Speaker Kotek Highlights CRC Funding


The Legislature coasted to a close today, after months of futile shadow-boxing over whether to add to early session cuts to the Public Employee Retirement System and to partially offset such cuts with a tax increase. That ultimately did not happen, to Gov. John Kitzhaber's dismay.The governor made his displeasure clear in a statement following the announcement of sine die, the Latin term for adjournment ...   More
Monday, July 8, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Dr. Know: A Bridge Too High

They say the CRC is designed to be too low. Would legalized pot in Oregon fix it?

Dr. Know
The folks planning the Columbia River Crossing bridge made it too low for big cargo carriers. Would legalized pot in Oregon fix this? Imagine: The bridge absorbs enough second-hand smoke to actu   More
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 MARTY SMITH

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

Video: TriMet GM Neil McFarlane Says CRC Backers Had Better Hurry


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 ...   More
Friday, February 15, 2013 AARON MESH

Making It Up As They Go

As Kitzhaber pushes the CRC, the plan to pay for it is both fact and fantasy.

News Stories
The Columbia River Crossing project is on a fast track in Salem, sent racing toward approval by its biggest backer, Gov. John Kitzhaber. The governor—pushing a complex project with gaping fi   More
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Legislative Leaders Explain CRC Vote


Last night marked a giant leap forward for proponents of the $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project, which will include a new Interstate 5 bridge between Portland and Vancouver, an extension of light rail to Vancouver, a fix for five major freeway interchanges. Lawmakers on a special CRC committee voted 14-2 to move House Bill 2800 to the floor of both chambers for votes. The bill commits $450 ...   More
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Joint Committee Approves CRC Bill; Floor Votes Next


A joint legislative committee this evening voted 14 to 2 to send a bill approving moving forward on the $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project to the House and Senate floors for a vote.The legislation, House Bill 2800, has moved at lightning speed this session after more than 20 years of study and in the past five years, the expenditure of $165 million on planning and engineering. The bill would ...   More
Monday, February 18, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS


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