Toll On, Columbia

The CRC will gouge Oregon drivers more than previously disclosed.

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Gov. John Kitzhaber is fresh from a successful special legislative session, where he pushed through reforms to the state’s public pension system and raised taxes to add $200 million in school    More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Inbox: Disciplining Black Students

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As members of the School Board, we are committed to accelerating and deepening our efforts to eliminate racial disparities in our schools [“Expel Check,” WW, Sept. 25, 2013]. We want every o   More
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

New York Bridge Project Shows Potential CRC Risks


Oregon drivers take note: The planned replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge 25 miles north of New York City offers some insightful information for followers of the Columbia River Crossing project. Like the CRC, the Tappan Zee project, which spans the Hudson River between Westchester and Rockland counties, depends on low-interest federal loans and tolling revenues as central parts of its finance plan. ...   More
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Coast Guard Grants the Columbia River Crossing a Permit


The U.S. Coast Guard has granted the Columbia River Crossing a permit to build 116-foot-high Interstate 5 bridges between Portland and Vancouver.The approval (PDF) clears one of the final hurdles the once-dead, now revived $2.8 billion megaproject had, and puts its continued existence squarely at the feet of Oregon lawmakers.The project had been expecting a Coast Guard response by Sept. 30: the same ...   More
Friday, September 27, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Washington Congresswoman Says Columbia River Crossing Backers Lied About Federal Deadlines

Jaime Herrera Beutler says the federal government has already put the project on ice

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Backers of the Columbia River Crossing have been repeating one mantra: The megaproject must be ready to go by Sept. 30 or the federal government will give hundreds of millions in funding.But as the deadline nears—and it's the same day that Kitzhaber will convene a special session for the Oregon Legislature—Kitzhaber has told several news outlets that squeezing an Oregon-only CRC through that day ...   More
Thursday, September 26, 2013 by Andrea Damewood

Plan for Oregon-Only Columbia River Crossing Would Give Washington $71 Million in Sales Tax


Should Gov. John Kitzhaber push through an Oregon-only Columbia River Crossing, Clark County stands to make nearly $71 million in sales tax revenue.The figure was revealed in a document released yesterday by C-Tran, Clark County's transit agency, as part of a financial plan to pay for the operations and maintenance of a light rail line into Vancouver.The C-Tran analysis breaks out the total $2.8 billion ...   More
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

The Toll Truth

Drivers would flock to I-205 to avoid paying tolls for the Columbia River Crossing.

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Only about half as many cars would use the Columbia River Crossing as Oregon officials have previously claimed, and far more vehicles would choke the Interstate 205 Bridge as drivers dodged tolls    More
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Tolls on the Columbia River Crossing Will Max Out Interstate 205

New Public Records Unveil Massive Exodus from Interstate 5


Only about half as many cars would use the Columbia River Crossing than previously predicted, and far more will choke the Interstate 205 bridge as drivers try to avoid paying tolls, according to new information uncovered by Portland economist Joe Cortright.Plans for tolling Interstate 5 at the CRC will cause Interstate 205 to reach capacity. Meanwhile, traffic on Interstate 5 will plummet to half ...   More
Monday, September 23, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Washington Senator to Oregon Legislators: Let the Columbia River Crossing Die


Washington Sen. Don Benton—part of the Republican majority that tanked $450 million in spending for the Columbia River Crossing this year—sent an open letter to Oregon Legislators today, telling them to do what his state's lawmakers did: let the project die.With an Oregon-only, $2.8 billion CRC expected to be squeezed into Gov. John Kitzhaber's Sept. 30 special session on PERS, Benton ...   More
Friday, September 20, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Bike Activists Launching Anti-Columbia River Crossing Phone Tree


A special session on PERS begins Sept. 30 and, as WW has reported, Gov. John Kitzhaber is pretty likely to try and get a deal on the Columbia River Crossing in as well.Now activists from political action committee Bike Walk Vote are organizing a phone tree to try and stop it.As first pointed out by BikePortland, the political group has launched "Operation CRC: Commotion & Ruckus Campaign." They're ...   More
Thursday, September 19, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD


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