The Tigard Chamber as a business organization focused on driving a strong local economy urges a NO vote on Measure 34-210 for the following reasons:
Tigard businesses need transit options!
Efficient transportation is the lifeblood of commerce. Without it, Tigard will be left behind economically as 35 to 40 percent growth is projected in the Southwest Corridor through 2035. Access to transportation needs to increase with this growth to ensure a healthy business economy.
The majority of chamber businesses surveyed think 1) More ways for people to get to their business besides car will help their business; 2) A high-capacity transit option outside of the 99W corridor will benefit their business and Tigard; and 3) Increased car traffic will hurt their business.
This measure is not in the best interest of business or our economy. Adding or widening roads will displace/disrupt more Tigard businesses than a high-capacity option and will reduce the business tax base, affecting the future economic vitality of Tigard.
This measure will eliminate Tigard from discussions about road improvements and high-capacity transit in the metro area and severely decrease federal and state funding for transportation improvements.
Reduce congestion and plan for growth. Tigard is geographically positioned as a transportation and business hub in the metro area. More people live in and conduct business in Tigard than ever before, causing significant traffic congestion.
Understandably, residents cite congestion as their No. 1 area of concern associated with growth. This is not the time to force the city of Tigard to step away from discussions about road improvements and high-capacity transit.
Doing so would destroy the city's ability to strategically plan for inevitable population increases and leave Tigard behind economically.
Vote no on Measure 34-210. It's bad for business and bad for Tigard!
To learn more about this measure, its impact on Tigard, and which and why other organizations and community groups are taking a vote NO position, visit www.stopcongestion.org.
Debi Mollahan, CEO
Tigard Area Chamber of
(According to the city of Tigard website, the ballot title is Adopt Tigard Policy Opposing New High-Capacity Transit Corridor Projects.
The question is, Shall Tigard adopt a public policy opposing high-capacity transit corridor projects unless voter authorization is obtained?
The summary states, If passed, this measure would amend the Tigard Charter adopting a declared public policy opposing construction of new high-capacity transit corridors within the City, unless voter approval is first obtained.
It would prohibit the City from adopting an ordinance amending its comprehensive plan or land use regulations to accommodate siting of new high-capacity transit corridor project ("Project") absent voter approval.)