Although looks can be deceiving, ODOT has announced that they are, in fact, shutting down the "Columbia River Crossing" light-rail project.
Expenditures will be reduced immediately; further design and deliverable development will not occur. The project will shut down completely by May 31, 2014.
Of course, we've seen this movie before; most recently a year ago, when Oregon gov. Retread and Washington gov. Inslee declared the CRC "dead", and then Retread decided to keep it going as an Oregon-only project. This thing has historically been like something out of a zombie flick - it seems dead, then improbably reanimates and begins staggering through the money-sacks.
Founding FON members Patty McCaig and her buddy Dr. Retread are doubtless plotting a sequel as we speak. However, at least for now, an historic first has occurred: the development agency known as Tri-Met has been denied; they won't ram another unwanted, two-car toy train line through. That's never happened before.