Letter: Light rail is opportunity not to miss
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The Oct. 10 Columbian story "Poll: C-Tran measure leading; 10 percent undecided" got me thinking about how useful having light rail in Vancouver would be. I am a student at Washington State University Vancouver and I had an internship in downtown Portland over the summer. I live in Camas and my commute averaged between an hour and an hour and a half.
The proposed light rail line would give those like myself who live in Vancouver and work in Portland a more convenient commute option while cutting down on congestion and traffic on the I-5 and I-205 bridges.
The light rail line would also allow those who are unable to find work in Vancouver the option of working in Portland by providing an affordable commute.
A 0.1 percent increase in the sales tax, or 1 penny for every $10, would hardly be noticed and could drastically improve traffic and emissions in the area between Portland and Vancouver.