It’s very clear that CRC has sucked up funding from every available source. 2011-10-26_CRC_Monthly_Report_Sept_2011_FNL-1 Appendix H-1 (3)
Despite being decried as an inefficient, multi-billion-dollar mess by a rapidly-increasing number of people, the Columbia River Crossing Light Rail tolling project is a “political necessity” to force light rail into the area, according to an Oregon Supreme Court decision.
According to Willamette week, the 10-lane freeway bridge and new interchanges—was put forward to get Clark County to agree to the light-rail line.
In the Feb. 12 story, “Drawn to downtown,” the Columbia River Crossing is hyped as helping business in Vancouver, because supposedly there will be easier access. So more people will drive to Vancouver from Portland because the bridge will be better is that it?
PubliCola has learned that the Washington State Department of Transportation, which initially predicted it would be able to raise $400 million in toll revenues to pay to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct with a tunnel, now believes tolls will raise only $200 million, half the original projection.
David Dye, WSDOT’s viaduct project manager, says the agency adjusted tolling projections downward for three reasons…
In a speech that pulled few punches, TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane said Friday that the employee union contract is “slowly strangling” the agency and needs to be reset before it cripples the region’s public transit system.
Tim Leavitt’s Feb. 19 letter, “Anti-CRC letter factually incorrect,” is an excellent example of the arrogance and propaganda that surrounds the Columbia River Crossing project. He makes it abundantly clear that, in his opinion, his version of any information is “factual,” that anything else is incorrect, and communicating it may serve as “an injustice to better informing our public.” His attitude and letter serve to belittle previous letter writer John Burke and intimidate The Columbian and others who may want to express their views.
Officers arrived and arrested 25-year-old Aklilu Beyene Girum and 25-year-old Conrad Milow after learning that they harassed and robbed a 34-year-old man. A 26-year-old male witness tried to intervene and was assaulted by the suspects and also robbed.
Robbery detectives are continuing to investigate and will not be releasing victim or witness names or any video at this time due to the ongoing investigation.
Girum and Milow were both charged with Robbery in the Second Degree and were booked into the Multnomah County Jail.
For more crime information and CrimeMapper: http://www.portlandonline.com/police/
A TriMet spokesperson confirmed that a person with a machete was seen exiting the MAX train at the Skidmore Fountain Station at 5:25 p.m. Saturday, but could not immediately confirm if it was a red line or blue line train.
“According to the Regional Transportation Council, the bridge carries about 3,300 transit trips per day. That means only 2.4 percent of all trips that cross the bridge are on public transit. Adding light rail to the bridge would increase costs by about $1.17 billion. This means local officials want to spend 40 percent more in order to serve 2.4% of total bridge crossings.”
Keep in mind, of the 3,300 bus rides across the Columbia River, if all were round trip, this represents
only 1650 riders! The Draft Environmental Impact Statement included a far less costly bus option instead of light rail.
Shouldn’t the bus option be thoroughly considered?
SEATTLE, Wash. — After six weeks of tolling, data provided to KING 5 News, by the State Department of Transportation shows more than one-third of drivers have abandoned the 520 floating toll bridge, putting pressure on alternate routes…
Toll rates vary by time of day with a peak of $5.00 for those who pay by mail, and $3.50 for those with Good 2 Go passes.
Some members of the board of directors of C-TRAN are trying to find a way to implement a light rail sales tax that does not involve asking all residents of its service area to vote on the matter. In fact, officials are considering options to raise money for the operation of light rail that would not involve a public vote at all.