Sunday, April 15, 2018, the League sponsored an educational forum on transportation. Because infrastructure construction dollars are very limited, our discussion centered around improvements and practices that could help relieve congestion and keep traffic moving in Clark County and between states. We looked at issues related to such things as product movement, mobility for our aging population and commuting alternatives and explored solutions that make getting around easier.
Panelists represented a broad range of ideas and perspectives. They included: Vancouver Mayor and League member Anne McEnerny-Ogle; Kris Strickler, Washington Department of Transportation regional administrator; Chris Strizver, commuter and League member; Shawn Donaghy, C-Tran CEO; Madeleine von Laue, bicyclist; and Temple Lentz, Clark County Commission on Aging.
For those unable to attend we have two ways you can still learn about topics discussed by our well-informed panel. Courtesy of the City of Vancouver, CVTV was present to record the event. You can watch it here: https://www.cvtv.org/vid_link/25641
Mayor of Vancouver, Anne McEnerny-Ogle, prepared a brief synopsis of some of the key topics she anticipated being discussed.
The League thanks Clark Regional Wastewater District for the facility; The Columbian, media sponsor; the staff of CVTV and the City of Vancouver.
We identified three outcomes for this forum.
1. Stimulate community discussion beyond the need for a new I-5 bridge by raising issues, generating ideas and suggesting possible solutions to transportation problems in and around Clark County.
2. Encourage residents to send ideas and comments to the Regional Transportation Council (RTC) through its website (rtc.wa.gov) as it updates its 20-year transportation plan, which is scheduled to be completed this fall.
3. Provide new information and ideas that will help the League update its local transportation position.