What Does the Tappen Zee Tell Us About the CRC?

East coast transportation geeks have been left with their jaws hanging, wondering what happened to the Tappen Zee Bridge project.

The project, which might once have been an example of a better way to do a mega-project, was scoped to add Commuter Rail and BRT to a highway corridor.

But co-incident with the project being selected for “expedited Federal Review” the transit and rail components have been mysteriously removed. More shocking, no one will own responsibility for the decision.

Which makes one wonder what ODOT and USDOT might conspire to do with the Columbia River Crossing? And would Metro even notice?

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