FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Ridgefield Excited About Return of Transit Service
Press Contact Information:
Kay Kammer, Communications Director/City Clerk
Ridgefield, WA, September 30, 2005 - The recent approval of C-TRAN's sales tax increase will soon return transit service to the Ridgefield community after an absence of over 5 years because of service cutbacks initiated by the transit agency after the passage of Initiative 695. During that time, residents in the Ridgefield community have continued to financially support C-TRAN, but have not been able to access the transit system. The City anticipates this will soon change because of the previous decision by the Ridgefield City Council to remain in C-TRAN's revised service boundary. This decision will allow the City to work with C-TRAN to introduce the agency's Connector service option into the Ridgefield community.
City Manager George Fox said: "The City congratulates C-TRAN on its recent election success. We look forward to working with C-TRAN to re-introduce transit service to the Ridgefield community. This service will increase mobility options for our citizens."
Although an exact timeframe has not yet been set for the re-introduction of service, City staff anticipate meeting with C-TRAN and community members in the near future to discuss service options.
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The City of Ridgefield, incorporated in 1909, is a rapidly growing community located in northern Clark County, Washington approximately 10 miles north of Vancouver, Washington. Over the next 10 to 15 years, the City of Ridgefield expects to grow to a population of over 24,700 persons with an employment base of over 15,000 jobs. The City has adopted a Council-City Manager form of government. The City Manager acts as the chief executive officer of the City overseeing daily operations, annual budget development and implementation, and personnel. The City Manager works with a management team composed of the Director of Communications/City Clerk, Director of Finance and Administration, the Community Development Director, the Public Works Director and the Police Chief to insure that community services are provided and that the policy directives of the City Council are carried out in the most efficient manner possible.