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Protect Bus and Para Transit Service We All Rely On!

Without your vote, C-TRAN will cut 35% of bus and C-VAN (Paratransit) service. These cuts are real: loss of fourteen routes; elimination of all Sunday, holiday, and special event service such as 4th of July and Clark Co Fair, and elimination of the Camas Connector. Remaining routes' hours and frequency will be reduced, leaving commuters, senior citizens, the disabled, and students without a way to get to work, church, doctor, school, and shopping. All revenue from Prop 1 will fund bus service only, not light rail.

Even If You Don't Ride the Bus – C-TRAN Serves You

C-TRAN moves thousands of commuters and students every day, taking cars off our roads and highways. A 35% cut in service means worse congestion for all of us, wasting time and expensive fuel. Proposition 1 is a smart way to save money and time.

 

Widely Endorsed!

Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, ARC of Southwest Washington, National Federation for the Blind, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, and hundreds of organizations, business, and individuals have endorsed Proposition 1.

 

Visit www.preserveourbuses.com to see more.

 

Written by:

Marc Boldt

E-mail: MarcBoldtApprovePropl@gmail.com

 

Craig Pridmore

E-mail: Craig@CraigPridemore.com

 

Mike Ciraulo

E-Mail: MikeCiraulo@comcast.net

Cutting Costs Have Helped But Aren't Enough

The recession and elimination of State matching funds resulted in a $96 million loss over ten years. Meanwhile, an aging population has increased transit demand. C-TRAN is spending reserves, has cut spending and increased efficiencies – eliminating 35 positions and increasing fares five times since 2005 – but more need for services means an increase in demand for funding.

 

 

Their YES statement

Actually only about 9000 people ride C-Tran every day. At a total system cost of $3700 per person per year.

 

 

Discussion of the YES  Claims

Why doesn’t C-Tran cut some of those empty buses we see all around town? Instead of cutting service to the needy?

Once again C-Tran threatens senior citizens, the disabled, and students,while giving pay raises and spending money on light rail!

C-Tans still spends 89 cents to transport each rider each mile! This is over FOUR times the cost of driving an average car!

C-Tran threatens the elderly! The reality is that most elderly people can drive a car far easier than they can get to a bus stop!

After the fare increases, C-Tran still only gets 24% of its revenues form its customers - the rest is paid by taxes, mostly on non-users.

The fact is that C-Tran will be cutting mostly empty buses, not full ones. And their large, mostly empty buses increase congestion by slowing traffic, so if they go away, congestion will decrease, not increase.

Who really supports this tax increase?

 

FOLLOW THE MONEY:

Land Developers and Light Rail Profiteers

 

GILLIG.(Bus manufacturer - hopes to sell buses?)................$10000.00

AMALGAMATED TRANSIT UNION DIVISION 757(Bus Drivers).....$5000.00

WASTE CONNECTIONS INC.(needs favors from government)....$5000.00

LYNCH ED....(Real Estate Developer- light rail will help him).....$4000.00

DAVID EVANS AND ASSOCIATES (Got $50 MILLION from CRC)..$2500.00

PB AMERICAS INC (light rail builder)....................................$2000.00

TRANSPORTATION CHOICES COALITION (rail supporter).........$2000.00

CH2M HILL INC (Engineering company - works on light rail).....$1500.00

CLARK SKAMANIA KLICKITAT CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL..........$1500.00

COLUMBIA RIVER CROSSING COALITION (light rail profiteers)...$1000.00

COLUMBIA RIVER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL.............$1000.00

FIRST INDEPENDENT..(Bank - may profit form bond sales).......$1000.00

HAMM JEFF (C-Tran Executive Director–pay=$  )..................$1000.00

IBI GROUP..(does transportation system design)...................$1000.00

NW NATURAL..

(Sells natural gas used to generate electricity for light rail).....$1000.00

OREGONIANS TO MAINTAIN COMMUNITY STANDARDS.(union front)............................................................................$1000.00

PARAMETRIX (Engineering company - works on light rail)........$1000.00

SW WA ELECTRICIANS POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE #48....$1000.00

WASHINGTON ENGINEERS PAC (construction company PAC)....$1000.00