The board of Clark County's public transit agency considered options Saturday, as region-wide support for a light rail system withers. Federal officials say light rail is key to securing federal funding for a massive bridge project.
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During a four hour workshop, CTRAN executive director Jeff Hamm laid out ways the agency could participate or not participate in the bridge project.
But the state funding package for the Columbia River Crossing has run aground on Republican opposition. A county-wide vote on light rail failed last November. The city of Washougal last week became the first to pass a resolution rejecting the project because of its light rail component.
CTRAN staff presented a range of options for going forward or not going forward as a project sponsor for the bridge.
Many of those options would involve the city of Vancouver assuming a larger role. Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, who's on the CTRAN board, isn't backing away from that possibility.
"If there is a failure of leadership at the CTRAN board to fulfill its obligations," Leavitt said, "to support more efficient, effective transit modes, then the city of Vancouver Council will have to make a serious decision about accepting responsibility community expects from its elected leaders. "
The CTRAN board scheduled a special meeting April 30th to query CRC staff, and plans an up or down vote on its involvement in CRC May 14th.
This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.