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County should create its own transit authority study

In the wake of the release of the Cascade Policy Institute Study recommending cities and counties leave the TriMet Transit District, I stand firm with the ideal that Clackamas County should create its own study to develop its own transit authority.Bates

In 2011, I led the Boring Business Coalition through a process to withdraw the Boring area from TriMet. The businesses in Boring were giving TriMet more than $600,000 a year in payroll taxes and TriMet’s own staff admitted that Boring was getting service valued at almost half that amount.

The service was poor and the ridership was dismal because of the poor service.

With a countywide program, buses can be provided where they are needed and wanted and the subsequent service known as Dial-A-Ride in several communities can be expanded and provided countywide. The Dial-A-Ride concept will give our seniors and the handicapped more flexibility and will ensure safe transportation to and from the doctor’s office or the grocery store.

Clackamas County has several cities providing their own transit services and the county can glean data and information from these operations.

Furthermore, it may be possible that combining some of these transit services may provide additional cost savings to the taxpayers while giving additional services to those who rely on public transportation.

For these reasons, a Clackamas County study would be the smartest thing we as a county could do.

Boring Community Planning Organization Chairman Steve Bates is running for a position on the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners.

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