Business group submits proposal to C-Tran following Prop 1 defeat

Light-rail

Light-railIn the wake of Proposition 1’s defeat, a group of local business leaders submitted a proposal to the C-Tran Board of Directors highlighting alternative sources of funding for light-rail in Vancouver.

Had it passed, Proposition 1 would have applied a 0.1 percent sales tax increase to fund operations of the light-rail component of the Columbia River Crossing (CRC).

Submitted today, the proposal was authored by a working group that includes members of Identity Clark County and the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.

The group’s cost-saving recommendations include:

  • Ensuring that the cost of light-rail begins at the state line, not at Jantzen Beach
  • Implementing light-rail rider fees, light-rail parking garage fees and commercial rent from parking garages
  • Factoring in savings from bus routes that are eliminated by light-rail

The proposal read: “We are confident that by working together as a community we will be able to come up with a long-term solution acceptable to the Federal Transit Agency and not require an increase in sales tax.”

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