|The route runs along the Clackamas River and Breitenbush|
|Sure looks pretty. (via RideOregon and the Path Less Pedaled)|
The Passenger Rail project has identified a draft preferred alternative, and they're going out with an online "open house" about it.
|the fall newsletter|
It doesn't seem like there's a whole lot to say about it - but check out the online presentation if you're interested in more of the assessment criteria and scoring.
More interesting, perhaps, is the comparison with the Salem River Crossing. The "Purpose and Need" statement that kicks off the NEPA process is from January 2013. It took them two years to formulate the initial "Preferred Alternative."
The SRC's "Purpose and Need" is from November 2006.
It wouldn't be at all surprising for the rail project to wrap with a "Record of Decision" long before anything, pro or con, gets resolved with the Third Bridge.
Rail has its own kind of lunacy, so it's not like the passenger rail project is some paragon of immaculate process and ideal outcome.
But the contrast shows just how problematic and boondoggular is the Third Bridge. If it was an actual solution to a real set of problems, the process wouldn't have been drawn out so long. Reasonable projects don't have to take so long; dumb ones do.
(For all notes on the rail project see here.)