C-Tran board to discuss light rail vote Tuesday

No decisions expected at workshop meeting

By Eric Florip, Columbian transportation & environment reporter

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The issue first emerged almost a year ago. Most of the arguments have been heard already.

On Tuesday evening, the C-Tran Board of Directors will tackle the question in earnest: Who should vote on this year’s planned sales tax measure?

The proposed tax hike would pay for operating light rail and bus rapid transit systems in Vancouver. But for months, C-Tran leaders have waffled over whether the vote should go to the agency’s entire district — that is, everywhere C-Tran operates — or a smaller subdistrict -- likely the city of Vancouver or its urban growth boundary.

Tuesday’s work session may bring the board closer to consensus. But don’t expect a definitive decision just yet. Plenty of complicating factors have elected officials treading carefully.

For more on the story, check back here later. To read the advance story, click HERE.