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Letter: C-Tran should rethink plans

By Debbie S. Simonds, Vancouver
Published: May 29, 2024, 6:00am

Once again, C-Tran is not following the wishes of its customers. The new Highway 99 Vine will travel from downtown to Washington State University Vancouver without making a stop at the 99th Street Transit Center. Those who need to go to the 99th Street Transit Center will either have to walk from Highway 99 to get there or take another bus.

This action will cost the passengers more time and money with transfers and waiting for another bus. A better option would be to have the Highway 99 Vine travel from the Salmon Creek Park & Ride to the 99th Street Transit Center and then back onto Highway 99 to continue downtown. Keep the regular bus route that goes from the 99th Transit Center to WSU. The Mill Plain and Camas riders now have to take two buses to get to Fisher’s Landing, when in the past we only had to take one bus to transfer to a Portland-bound bus. I guess C-Tran is making up for lost money by charging people more to use their system.

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