Metro Analysis Shows Tolls and LRT Curb CRC Sprawl

Metro has completed a new growth forecast of population and employment, looking at various configurations of the Columbia River Crossing.

While their modeling confirms that a bridge with no tolls would increase housing growth in the northern parts of Clark County (growth at the edge of the region – aka sprawl), the combination of Light Rail and a toll of $2 each way (at rush hour) is apparently sufficient to keep housing growth comparable to the no-build scenario.

In my mind, this emphasizes the importance of agreeing now on a governance structure that will manage the bridge, and its tolls, to ensure that if the bridge is built it is managed to the goals that all the sponsors endorse as part of the project approval.

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