Mid-April Open Thread

Now that tax season is past, it’s time for another open thread:

  • The PMLR Bridge will be called:  Tilikum Crossing:  Bridge of the People.  This name was chosen out of four finalists (the others being Cascadia Crossing, Wy’east Crossing, and a bridge named after Abigail Scott Duniway.  The spelling of “Tilikum” was changed from the initial suggestion of “Tillicum” at the request of Chinook representatives, who prefer “Tilikum” as the proper Romanization of the Chinook Jargon word for “people”.
  • The Columbian reports that an audit of the CRC conducted by the Washington State Auditor’s Office found $17M in “questionable” spending, including higher-than-customary payments to outside professionals and work orders that didn’t go through proper and normal procurement processes.
  • Killing a BRT project, Nashville style.  (If you want to build BRT in a red state, propose light rail, and bargain down to BRT… if you start with real BRT, this happens.)

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