From Willamette Week:
Metro’s Transit Program director, Richard Brandman, is taking a top job at the Columbia River Crossing project. While Brandman might not be a household name, the move may signal that the project’s two sponsor agencies–the Washington and Oregon departments of transportation–want to make the proposed $4.2 billion bridge to the ‘Couv more attractive to its many critics in Oregon. Metro and the DOTs typically have very different views, which could be described as planning versus paving. Brandman will be on loan for two years to the CRC and replaces ODOT’s John Osborn as CRC’s co-director.
Does this signal that Governor Kulongoski, ODOT Director Matt Garrett and Metro President David Bragdon have reached a meeting of the minds on what the project should look like?