Archive | July, 2008

Headed for a CRC Toll Policy Show Down?

As expected, the SW Washington Regional Transportation Commission became the final local government to endorse the Columbia River Crossing Locally Preferred Alternative.

But…

In their endorsement they included a recommendation that tolling ONLY be used to pay for construction, NOT as a demand management tool.

This puts the RTC squarely opposite the recommendation on Portland and Metro which want tolls as a way to manage demand in the corridor.

Where and when do we imagine these conflicting views will get reconciled?

Oregon Better Positioned for Rising Gas Prices

The Oregonian covers a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council that puts Oregon 35th on the list of states most impacted by gas prices.

According to the report, the average Oregon resident spent 4.8 percent of his or her income on gasoline in 2007. That was one of the lowest in the nation, placing Oregon at No. 35 on a list where 50th is best. By contrast, residents in the worst state, Mississippi, spent 7.8 percent of their income on gasoline.

“As was the case last year, the hardest-hit states are in the South,” the report said, noting that “as oil prices go up, citizens in the vulnerable states feel the pinch more.”

I don’t see any mention in the report of the difference between urban and rural Oregon, which I would think must be immense.

Last Vote on CRC LPA

There’s one more body that has yet to vote on the Columbia River Crossing Locally Preferred Alternative. If you want to get your licks in one last time:

The Southwest Washington RTC meets on July 22, at 4 pm at Clark County Public Service Center, 1300 W. Franklin, 6th Floor, Vancouver, WA.

Also you can email individual commissioners:
Paul Pearce: pearce@co.skamania.wa.us
Molly Coston: mcoston@ci.washougal.wa.us
Bill Ganley: Ganley@city.battleground.wa.us
Brian Pringle: bingen@gorge.net
Mayor Royce Pollard: pollard@ci.vancouver.wa.us
Jeff Hamm: jeffhamm@c-tran.com
Clark County Commissioners: boardcom@clark.wa.gov
or steve.stuart@clark.wa.gov, BettySue.morris@clark.wa.gov, Marc.Boldt@clark.wa.gov

Also, you can catch David Bragdon discussing his views on the CRC as the guests on his cable show turn the tables and ask him about it. Catch it on YouTube here and here.

Glenn Jackson’s Ghost Haunts CRC

A couple of local architects want to make sure the Columbia River Crossing doesn’t turn into another flat slab bridge.

“We’re not trying to derail the project,” McCulloch said in an interview. “We think it should be pursued. The operative word is ‘enriching’ the process.”

Renderings of Columbia River Crossing show what McCulloch calls a “freeway going over the river. Our worry is we don’t want another Glenn Jackson Bridge.” The Glenn L. Jackson Memorial (I-205) Bridge spans the Columbia River east of the present Interstate 5 bridge.