Unbelieveable: in September of last year, after a series of "closed-door executive meetings", C-Tran board members voted to approve a contract with Tri-Met that not only granted Tri-Met to use C-Tran's eminent domain power to acquire property in Washington state for purposes of extending Oregon's light rail lines into Washington, not only has no end date, but also includes a $5 million penalty if either party breaches the contract. Now, the C-Tran board is asking Tri-Met to agree to void the contract.
Marijuana hadn't yet been legalized in the state when C-Tran approved this hairball deal, but they must have been testing product. Now, they must be into full-scale research; there's no way that Tri-Met's going to go along with voiding a contract that gives them indefinite rights to ram loot rail into Clark County as soon as they can come up with a way to do it.
In July, TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane wrote a letter indicating his agency has no plans to kill the deal, which was left in limbo when the CRC died.
"For its part, TriMet views the agreement as valuable and important to retain in the event that those milestones are achieved and a viable project emerges from future bi-state discussions," McFarlane wrote in July. "Given this view, TriMet will take no action to formally terminate the agreement."
C-Tran's board got suckered in by the master hucksters at Tri-Met, and there's no way out - apart from ensuring that no project that calls for Tri-Met's light rail system to be rammed into Clark County ever sees the light of day.