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Is Vancouver Ready For Light Rail To Cross The Columbia?

This week, Vancouver and Portland-area residents are invited to hear about the proposed light rail route that may finally span the Columbia River. April Baer reports.

Planners are still working out the details of the Columbia River Crossing Project – the new structure that will replace the Interstate Bridge. But one thing’s for sure: the project will include a long-discussed light rail line joining Portland and Vancouver.

Transit advocates hope this will help alleviate some of the notorious congestion that ties up rush hour on the existing bridge.

The project is expected to break ground in 2012, and would extend an existing MAX train line in North Portland across the new bridge, and into Vancouver.

The meetings, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, will provide more information for prospective riders and property owners.

Light rail has historically been a tough sell in Clark County, but changing times and clogged bridges have led many Vancouver residents – and their representatives -  to a change of heart.

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