Critical CRC hearing scheduled for Tuesday 01-14-14!!

A critical hearing about the Columbia River Crossing will be held at the State Capitol on Tuesday. Although the hearing itself will not make or break the controversial project, it will greatly influence what the 2014 Oregon Legislature does about it. The 35-day session is scheduled to begin on Feb. 3. The current version of the project is estimated at around $2.8 billion. The Federal Transit Administration has already approved $250 million for a new light rail line between Portland and Vancouver as part of the project. Oregon would need to be able to impose and collect tolls to finance state-issued bonds, and Congress would need to approve federal highway funds for it to be completed. Only invited witnesses will be allowed to testify at Tuesday’s hearing.…esday


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