Broad vote on light rail gains CTran support

first_imgLeavitt renews call to study light-rail funding without sales taxA majority of C-Tran board members said Tuesday they favor a broad public vote in asking residents to help pay for light rail in Vancouver.That outcome, however, is not a sure thing.The nine-member board made no formal decision Tuesday. And the three members who stopped short of endorsing the plan — the Vancouver City Council’s three voices at the table — collectively hold veto power to spike any motion the rest of the group supports. Whether they’ll exercise that power remains to be seen.Board members who support giving C-Tran’s entire service area a say on transit changes for Vancouver offered different reasons for doing so. Most said they’ve heard loud and clear from their constituents on a topic that holds implications for the Columbia River Crossing project. Commissioner Steve Stuart suggested it comes down to simply following the agency’s past pledges.“We said we would,” Stuart said. “It’s the right thing to do.”Since last year, C-Tran leaders have repeatedly indicated that they’ll put a sales tax measure to voters in 2012 to help pay for new high-capacity transit systems in Vancouver. The revenue would cover operation and maintenance costs for a light rail extension to Clark College, planned as part of the CRC, and a proposed bus rapid transit line along the city’s Fourth Plain corridor.For months, C-Tran board members have wrestled with who should vote on that sales tax increase — the agency’s entire service district, or a smaller subdistrict, likely Vancouver and its urban growth boundary.last_img read more