Report from the First Ever

About 10 hearty Portland Transport stalwarts braved rain and high winds to meet at Wynne’s last night. After about 30 minutes of socializing we heard a presentation from Jay Lyman, head of the consultant team for the Columbia River Cross (accompanied by Linda Mullen from the project’s communication team).

Jay gamely fielded questions for almost 90 minutes. I’d like to express my thanks to Jay and Linda for their braving the weather and the questions.

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Jay Lyman and Linda Mullen address a fiesty group of Portland Transport readers.

About 10 hearty Portland Transport stalwarts braved rain and high winds to meet at Wynne’s last night. After about 30 minutes of socializing we heard a presentation from Jay Lyman, head of the consultant team for the Columbia River Cross (accompanied by Linda Mullen from the project’s communication team).

Jay gamely fielded questions for almost 90 minutes. I’d like to express my thanks to Jay and Linda for their braving the weather and the questions.

I learned quite a bit from the presentation, but a couple of things stand out:

  1. While the new bridge may improve congestion between peak periods, Jay made it clear that the southbound morning commute from Clark County to Portland will not be any faster after the bridge is built than it is now during the AM peak.
  2. As we’ve discussed here before, it’s never too early to get involved in policy development. Many of the key parameters for this project (e.g., 3 through lanes in each direction) were spelled out in the I-5 Partnership process, several years ago.

Linda asked me to point out that the CRC has a podcast (mp3, 6.4M). Check it out.

I’d like to thank the readers who made it to the event, and solicit their feedback about how useful it is. I’d also like to thank those who intended to come, but were restrained by the weather.

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