|Clackastani Rebels Stand in Rain To Fight|
There to meet them at this PR show will be who- knows-how-many Rebels from the Clackastani Rebellion. The majority of Clackamas County doesn't want the choo choo and all of its problems according to polling (see nearby) and the latest election where two of the three candidates won the right to a November run off election on a message of no light rail and no Portland urban creep into Clackamas.
A new major crimes study has found light rail is responsible for bringing gang members into Clackamas County and increasing the crime rate. There's a
reason we call it "Crime-Met." The Clackamas County Sheriff has reported a huge increase in crime--between 32%-40% --due to Light Rail.
In operation, the MAX Green Line has been a fail at every turn. Consider these points brought up by the Rebels:
Add to this list the rest of the failures when Light Rail comes to town including added property crime, light rail platform beat downs, empty "Transit Oriented Development" buildings, cannibalized bus lines and you get the picture of why Clackamas County doesn't want to waste the money to build the boondoggle.
- Ridership has been considerably short of expectations
- Service has been cut by 1/3.
- None of the promised development has been spurred
- Planning officials say the current light rail line was built in the wrong location.
- $200 million/mile and all of the local match financing is borrowing against essential services already suffering form shortages
Rebels will be the proverbial skunk at the garden party at the PR show this morning at 10am at the corner of SE 17th and SE Pershing (near Powell). I might just drop by.
Even if you can't go to this morning's protest please contact your local and federal decision makers about this. You CAN make a difference:
Clackamas County Commissioners firstname.lastname@example.org
Federal Transit Administration http://www.fta.dot.gov/13011_6903.html Jackson Federal Building 915 Second Avenue, Suite 3142 Seattle, WA 98174-1002 Phone: (206) 220-7954 Fax: (206) 220-7959