Transportation

CTRAN Seeks Other Options On Bridge Project

OPB | April 13, 2013 10:51 p.m. | Updated: April 14, 2013 12:04 a.m. | Vancouver, WA

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The board of Clark County’s public transit agency considered options Saturday, as region-wide support for a light rail system withers. Federal officials say light rail is key to securing federal funding for a massive bridge project.

 

During a four hour workshop, CTRAN executive director Jeff Hamm laid out ways the agency could participate or not participate in the bridge project.

During a four hour workshop, CTRAN executive director Jeff Hamm laid out ways the agency could participate or not participate in the bridge project.

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But the state funding package for the Columbia River Crossing has run aground on Republican opposition. A county-wide vote on light rail failed last November. The city of Washougal last week became the first to pass a resolution rejecting the project because of its light rail component.

CTRAN staff presented a range of options for going forward or not going forward as a project sponsor for the bridge.

Many of those options would involve the city of Vancouver assuming a larger role. Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, who’s on the CTRAN board, isn’t backing away from that possibility.

“If there is a failure of leadership at the CTRAN board to fulfill its obligations,” Leavitt said, “to support more efficient, effective transit modes, then the city of Vancouver Council will have to make a serious decision about accepting responsibility community expects from its elected leaders. “

The CTRAN board scheduled a special meeting April 30th to query CRC staff, and plans an up or down vote on its involvement in CRC May 14th.

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