Light rail deal on CTrans radar

first_imgBy all accounts, the Columbia River Crossing is dead.A controversial light-rail contract inked by C-Tran and TriMet last fall, however, doesn’t quite fall into the same category. The deal has been called “dormant.” Or “unenforceable.” But not dead.The C-Tran Board of Directors could revisit the agreement during its regular board meeting on Tuesday, possibly weighing its options for terminating it. C-Tran attorney Tom Wolfendale was asked last month what it would take to do that; board members received a confidential memo on the subject Friday. The topic is listed on this week’s meeting agenda, but whether it’s discussed Tuesday will be up to the board, said C-Tran public affairs manager Jim Quintana.The agreement spells out how C-Tran and TriMet would operate light rail as part of the CRC, which would have replaced the Interstate 5 Bridge and extended light rail to Vancouver. The C-Tran board narrowly approved the contract during a special meeting in September. The heads of the two transit agencies signed it the next day.The move sparked outrage among many CRC opponents, and marked an important victory for the project at the time. When the CRC died for good earlier this year without funding or political support from either state, it left the contract and other loose ends in limbo. (The project finished shutting down and cleared out its office last month.)The contract has no expiration date. But it only takes effect if the CRC is funded and built.Some board members have expressed interest in terminating the deal, fearing it may rear its head again should some untold light rail project materialize in the future. But the contract includes language that’s specific to the CRC, and only applies if that particular project happens, C-Tran Executive Director Jeff Hamm told the board in May.last_img

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