VANCOUVER, Wash. — Light rail, instead of bus options: that’s the alternative that planners say will work best for the I-5 bridge replacement.
Planners say there’s greater demand, it’ll maximize trips across the river and be more equitable and climate-change friendly than bus-on-shoulder or bus rapid transit. It could get people to the Portland Expo Center more quickly than bus trips requiring a transfer.
The light rail tracks would follow I-5 then head south on Evergreen Boulevard, bring Max trains into Vancouver.
Light rail also stands a better chance of attracting federal money. The leaders of the project: C-Tran, TriMet and Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny Ogle all agree that light rail is the best option. It can carry more passengers and is also seen as a greener and more equitable alternative.
The next step is the revealing of a complete plan for the bridge comes on May 5th.