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TriMet Sues Clackamas County Over Light Rail

OPB | March 8, 2013 1:53 p.m.

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TriMet is suing Clackamas County over the Milwaukie light-rail extension.

The construction is already underway.  But last year Clackamas County voters approved a ballot measure saying that light-rail projects should be put to a countywide vote.

TriMet says the county signed contracts regarding the light-rail line before voters passed that measure, and that county leaders are delaying some land acquisitions and road improvements.

Clackamas County Chair John Ludlow says TriMet’s claim doesn’t hold water.

“TriMet has been going in there and slashing up the Trolley Trail, and doing what they darn well please, and never has Clackamas County tried to stop them or alter their plan. However, now they’re currently working on property they don’t own, and don’t have an agreement to work on. Those properties need to be addressed  in a vote situation, because that’s what the measure on light rail said,” Ludlow said.

Ludlow says the two parties are supposed to go through dispute resolution before going to court.

In a statement, TriMet says that it has offered to resolve the matter through alternative means, and that the offer is still on the table.

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