TriMet GM: Columbia River Crossing worth reconsidering


After finishing the MAX Orange Line,  Neil McFarlane would like to revitalize a project to build a new bridge to Washington.

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BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

After finishing the MAX Orange Line, TriMet general manager Neil McFarlane would like to bring back a project to build a new bridge to Washington.

He said it is imperative to ensure a strong link on the West Coast corridor, and would like to see MAX service expanded north and a bridge that could withstand an earthquake.

McFarlane is also part of a growing chorus calling on federal, state and local elected officials to increase funding for all transportation projects, especially because traffic is increasing as the economy improves following the Great Recession. According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, congestion was up 6.3 percent in the Portland region during the first five months of 2015, and all area freeways are at or exceeding capacity.

“The recession hid our mobility problems, but now it’s back with a vengeance,” McFarlane told the longstanding civic organization at its weekly Friday Forum.

(SOURCE: Portland Tribune)

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