January 22, 2007
Report from the CRC Open House
The recommendation: new bridge with choice of transit flavor
What the DEIS will cover
Bridges for kids
The first open house leading up to the DEIS (Draft Environment Impact Statement) options choice was held Saturday in Vancouver (an earlier event was canceled due to weather and will be rescheduled). There are two other open houses currently scheduled.
Turnout seemed reasonably strong and as in other rounds, there was story-telling and activities for kids to complement the presentation boards and staff presentations.
The comment form for this event consists of twelve questions with agree/disagree check-boxes. As we did during the last open house process, we'll have a series of posts here to go through these individually, with the opportunity for thorough discussion. We'll then submit the full discussion to the project staff for inclusion in the public comment record.
I've also take the opportunity to put the task force meetings for 2007 on the Portland Transport Calendar.
January 22, 2007 8:24 AM
Several people I know went to this meeting.
I spoke to them after I rode the Amtrak Cascades from downtown PDX to Vancouver's station. Got a ride from some family and while at the house spoke to several people who had been at the meeting.
I must say, at this point, being there is a no build option and a build two massive bridges, I really have to go with the no build.
It was however interesting how nobody I spoke to wanted to see two such blunt options. Several people I spoke with also so a the no build option as a more logical decision of the two.
The event was somewhat interesting, but I sure hope someone injects some other ideas into this meet than what is going on. Vancouver, regardless of opinions, is just like the "east side" of the river in PDX. Imagine it with just two HUGE interstate bridges!
January 20, 2008 4:05 PM
Ron Swaren Says:
Yes, Vancouver IS analogous to the east side of Portland. And crowding more projected growth on to two already overtaxed throughfares isn't solving anything. Unfortunately it appears that the CRC taskforce has so narrowly limited its study area that anything outside of the I-5 coridor--a valid option, understandable to us--somehow doesn't even enter the equation for them. Talk about tunnel vision!
On the Clark County RTC there are knowledgeable people who would like to see more than one NEW bridge across the Columbia. I don't know if I would go that far, but a western one connecting to Hwy 30, I-405 and US 26 would open up a lot of possibilities rather than cramming most traffic on to I-5.