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• Massive disruption to downtown Vancouver-for years
• Loss of jobs in Clark County based on regional debt and destroyed businesses
• Middle income families most negatively affected – many will move to Oregon
Seven years of construction of a new bridge, with light rail, will be devastating to local businesses and citizens. When one pictures in their mind the year after year congestion and construction mess—then the choice of the word devastating starts to become real. All of this is especially difficult when we consider the wonderful progress downtown Vancouver has made in the last 15 years. Specific examples of this CRC disruption include:
- Local transportation routes to businesses and citizens significantly disrupted—for example the CRC plan calls for SR 14 to be cut off from I-5 for at least 2 years.
- High tolling costs to use the new proposed bridge—and planned to rise over time! Initially estimated at $2000 per year for commuters.
- Oregon’s plan to toll “its share” of the costs will equate to SW Washington commuters paying for Oregon’s interchanges.
- Many C-Tran bus routes between Vancouver and Portland will be eliminated and C-Tran’s neediest riders will be significantly impacted. When light rail increasingly fails these bus routes do not tend to be easily reinstated as resources are consumed by propping up the light rail.
- A persistently poor economy has many businesses already weakened—and many will simply not survive this proposed CRC project.
- The overall degradation to quality of life and safety is very serious to any business or citizen that exists within a few miles of the project center.
- Local jobs not created. It appears a vast majority of jobs will be tied to unions—with existing or preferred sources for labor. And the job-killing nature of isolating downtown business would arguably turn this project into a net loss of jobs.
For Further Details on Local Impact
- Impact to Vancouver Video
- Road closures for downtown Vancouver
- Images of the CRC bridge and roadway footprint
- The CRC plan does not create as many jobs as claimed.
- Problems St. Paul, Minnesota are having with their first year of light rail construction.
- Thompson Metal Fab sues CRC over 95-foot bridge – Oregonian
- No mitigation assistance program for businesses impacted by construction. Seattle did it – Why can’t we?
- The current plan does not avoid historic properties
- Resolution M3663 “Attachment A” that protects downtown businesses has been abandoned..
- Southwest Washington Officials Respond to Rejection of Proposition 1: Current and newly-elected officials from the federal, state, county and city level push for a new path for CRC
Parking capacity lost
- Light rail eliminates about 125 on-street parking spaces – cost to replace with structured parking ranges from $35,000 to $50,000 per space.
- CRC has three park-and-ride garages slated to be built in downtown Vancouver for light-rail commuters – at $158 million to $176 million.
- Vancouver’s parking garages and lots lost about $1.97 million in 2011.
Tolls will take away money from our local economy
- The CRC estimates $169,300,000 in tolling revenue for the first year.
- Details behind the $2000/year toll estimate for commuters
- Toll estimates could be high as $8 each way.
- Mayoral candidate Tim Levitt tells citizens tolls could reach $8 back in 2009
- Tolling has exorbitant cost and privacy issues.
- Toll revenue projections are wildly optimistic.
- About a third of toll revenue is ate up by cost
- Toll I-205 for Columbia River Crossing. – Bob Stacey
StopCRC Facebook group