Officials discuss C-TRAN measure
Proposition would pay for light rail extension
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Opinions vary among local leaders, regarding the potential sales tax increase to pay for a light rail extension from Portland to Vancouver.
C-TRAN Proposition No. 1, to be voted on in the November 6 General Election, would also pay the operations and maintenance costs of the Fourth Plain Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit project between downtown Vancouver and Westfield Vancouver Mall.
If approved, it would increase the sales and use tax by 0.1 percent, or one penny on a $10 purchase. The measure would raise an estimated $4.6 million annually, to fund the operations and maintenance cost for C-TRAN's share of light rail transit through downtown Vancouver.
After those projects are completed, $1.2 million estimated annual savings from eliminating duplicated bus service would be reinvested in the system.
The light rail extension would be located between the Portland Expo Center and Clark Park & Ride (across the street from the Marshall Community Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.). Light rail trains would travel on the I-5 replacement bridge (Columbia River Crossing).