THIS WAS MY RESPONSE TO A FRIEND INQUIRING ABOUT TRANSPORTATION ISSUES:
I’ve been attending both the JPACT and RTC meetings for some time now.
They are the two metropolitan planning organizations for our one metropolitan planning area.
Their priorities are really different, as you may imagine.
Add to that the BIG funding questions, Funding From OR, WA, and FED.
Mark Brown, a transportation consultant, gave a WA legislative report and said there is NO NEW MONEY.
I believe we need a congressionally authorized joint powers authority (JPA) between OR and WA, with equal representation from both States; Federal funding for joint projects should be managed by this JPA and ensure the projects get done. There is precedence: NY & NJ in 1921! Imagine that!
Light rail as implemented by MAXX has capacity issues; We can discuss that. It may be more productive to be looking at other similar alternatives with significantly higher capacity and incorporate a vision for the region including Vancouver, Camas, Washougal, Gresham, and Troutdale, maybe more. It would also be interesting to look at the longer horizon, considering the anticipated growth over the next 20-30 years. The engineers will have their work cut out for themselves. AND it will mean JOBS for the entire region for years to come.
I agree with you wholeheartedly! We need to get people to voluntarily use faster public transportation options to reduce the gridlock.
If I am elected to congress, I will pursue authorizing Washington and Oregon to establish a joint powers authority so we can take more proactive steps in getting our Transportation and Infrastructure needs met!
For my part, I will cover all my own personal expenses! AND, We are asking you to make a recurring monthly contribution of $5, $10, or $20 each month thru November 2018! Monthly, a $5 contribution is equivalent to a LATTE, $10 to a LUNCH, and $20 to a DINNER with a glass of wine!
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