Ask Not Who Tolls the CRC, it Tolls for Thee

Monday’s Oregonian points out that the Vancouver mayoral election is the not the definitive word on tolling for the Columbia River Crossing. In fact, tolling will be decided in the state capitols, by the Washington Legislature and the Oregon Transportation Commission.

In fact, although the article does not go into this, it would seem more likely that tolls would be collected on the Washington side where they could be applied to Light Rail capital costs, something that cannot be accomplished on the Oregon side due to the constitutional limitation on use of motor vehicle fees.

But local voters in Vancouver will still get their two cents in. They could tank the project by voting down the tax increase that would fund the Light Rail operations.

Stay tuned!

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