Vancouver, WA: According to the latest returns released this afternoon by the Clark County elections office, C-TRAN’s bus ballot measure is passing by 53.90% or nearly 6,500 votes. Elections officials confirmed that there are approximately 750 ballots yet to be counted.
“We are thrilled with the outcome of this ballot measure and the support that has been shown for C-TRAN, and for those who rely on C-TRAN to get where they need to go” said Jeff Hamm, C-TRAN’s Executive Director/CEO.
C-TRAN’s ballot measure, Proposition 1, was a proposal to increase the local sales tax by 0.2%, or two pennies on a ten dollar purchase, in order to preserve existing bus service levels and meet the projected growth of C-VAN, the agency’s paratransit service for qualified individuals who due to their disability cannot ride C-TRAN’s regular bus service. The proposed increase will fill the structural deficit related to the elimination of state match funding back in 2000 and the recent double digit decrease in sales tax revenue brought about by the recession. Without the additional revenue from Proposition 1, C-TRAN would have had to reduce service levels by about 35%.
With C-TRAN’s bus service levels now stable, the agency’s Board of Directors will discuss at a work shop in December how to approach another element of its 20 Year Transit Development Plan; namely high capacity transit and a potential 2012 ballot measure to fund the operations and maintenance only of the light rail component of the CRC project in Vancouver and a potential bus rapid transit project along the Fourth Plain corridor.
C-TRAN is the regional public transportation provider for portions of Clark County. It offers local bus service within its Clark County service area, Limited bus service to the nearest MAX light rail station, and Express commuter service to downtown Portland. It also provides Connector service within the city limits of Camas, La Center, and Ridgefield. For more information on C-TRAN please call Passenger Service at (360) 695-0123.
Contact: Scott Patterson, Director, Development and Public Affairs • (360) 906-7306 Office • (360) 904-9638 Cell