Vancouver appears ready to OK light rail?

by lewwaters

According to an article appearing in the Oregonian, July 5, Vancouver residents “appear ready” for Light Rail.

Allan Brettman tells us, “If opinion polls are to be believed, if a recent public hearing is any guide, the popular consensus has opened Vancouver’s door to light rail.”

Would the “opinion poll” he mentions be the poll of 540, with only 104 actually being in Clark County?

We know the City Councils of both Vancouver and Portland desire to shove Light Rail down our throats, along with Tri-Met and C-Trans, so their claims of being ready are only to be expected.

Acknowledged is that we rejected Light Rail by a 2 to 1 margin the last time it was voted on. So, it is by surprise we read in the article, “But perhaps a clogged interstate, a changing population and $4-a-gallon gas have converged so that it won’t be much of a surprise Monday night when most members of the Vancouver City Council vote to support a light-rail line and new interstate bridge over the Columbia River.”

We are also told in the end of the article, after all the posturing over just where it should end being the only contentions of the council, “Vancouver voters probably will need to approve a sales tax increase to pay for light-rail maintenance and operations.”

“But city officials note much has changed since the light-rail referendum was defeated 13 years ago.”

Okay, since “it is in the bag,” so to speak, why not put it before the voters again?

Could it be they dare not trust Clark County residents to think for ourselves?

 

 

 

 

 

4 Comments to “Vancouver appears ready to OK light rail?”

  1. You’ll get light rail. We voted it down twice; they built it anyway and have since abandoned the formality of asking for a vote. Perhaps the only bright spot is that it’ll end in downtown Vancouver because there won’t be funding to drive it further. As noted in The Columbian, “whatever happens with the Interstate 5 Bridge, the interior of Clark County won’t be ready for light rail for 20 years or more.

    Instead, the group emerged last month with conclusions that a fleet of extra-large buses running in dedicated lanes — called bus rapid transit, or BRT — would be cheaper, more likely to win federal funding, and almost as fast as trains.”

    http://www.columbian.com/news/localNews/2008/07/07052008_Task-force-gets-on-the-bus-for-transit.cfm

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  2. Max, it does appear we will get it, whether we want it or not. I hope to wake a few more people up, though, and start voting these politicians who ignore our will out.

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  3. My reaction to the congestion on the bridges and in Portland …. is that I just don’t go to Portland if I can avoid it. And, mostly, I can avoid it. (Probably means I spend more in Clark County than across the river.)

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  4. I only go over there if I have an appointment at the VA Hospital. And then I always try to grab the shuttle bus

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