Light Rail in Vancouver Headed to Court

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Vancouver light rail foes haven’t given up the fight to compel the city’s government from spending any resources on extending Portland’s MAX line to Vancouver’s downtown.Seventy five plaintiffs filed suit against Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey on Monday, challenging a state law that required Kimsey to invalidate duplicate signatures.“Six hundred and eight Vancouver voters who are qualified, ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

After CRC Hearing, Lawmakers Will Consider "Boring And Dull Day"

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Lawmakers are prepare for today's 3 pm public hearing on the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project, which is expected to last until 9 pm as partisans on both sides make their cases.Meanwhile, here's a reminder that not every bill carries the same heft.Three lawmakers, Rep. Bill Kennemer (R-Oregon City); Sens. Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River) and Alan Olsen (R-Sandy), have proposed House ...   More
 
Monday, February 11, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Clark County Joins Clackamas in Resolution Against CRC

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Not to be outdone by Clackamas County commissioners, Clark County leaders put forward their own nearly identical anti-Columbia River Crossing resolution today.Sponsored by newly-elected Commissioner David Madore—who made his opposition to the $3.5 billion highway, Interstate 5 bridge and light rail project nearly his sole campaign issue—it's set for a vote on Tuesday.The resolution has likely got ...   More
 
Thursday, February 7, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

CRC Sticks to 116-Foot Bridge Height, Asks Feds for Approval

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The Columbia River Crossing bridge will be 116 feet high. And despite signs that may not be OK with local Coast Guard officials, the White House may be ready to overrule them.The embattled project submitted a bridge permit, at the urging of federal authorities, to the Coast Guard—which is tasked with making sure bridges won’t impede river traffic—for its approval on Jan. 30. The $3.5 billion ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Four Members of Congress Want CRC Economic Impact Study

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Today four members of Congress, Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.), Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) wrote to the Coast Guard's top officer in the Northwest today asking for further evaluation of the potential economic impact of the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing Project. It's worth noting that all four members are Republicans, who ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Pay Up or Shut Up

Lawmakers’ first order of business: Find $450 million for a rebranded CRC project.


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After more than a decade and $160 million spent on planners, consultants and lobbyists, the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing’s moment has finally arrived.  When lawmakers c   More
 
Wednesday, January 23, 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

Stacey: Toll I-205 for Columbia River Crossing

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Washington is setting up its southern neighbors to hold the funding bag when money for the Columbia River Crossing falls short, incoming Metro Councilor Bob Stacey says.In a four-page memo to his soon-to-be fellow council members obtained by WW, Stacey blasts funding plans for the controversial $3.5 billion megaproject to replace Interstate 5's bridges, add light rail to Vancouver and expand freeways ...   More
 
Thursday, December 27, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

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