Now it ought to be clear to all that MTR Western has been acting in bad faith all along (see "CC Rider contractor issues continue," Feb. 14).
Last year, MTR Western retaliated against unionized workers by punishing Columbia County and those who rely on CC Rider. Since then, the company has come up with this excuse and that excuse to extort more money from the county. There is only one thing that stands between today's CC Rider drama and having a decent public transit, and that is MTR Western's executives.
Columbia County could bring its public transit in-house without the PERS burdens by incorporating a 501c3 nonprofit to operate CC Rider, an arrangement similar to how the city of Portland runs its Portland Streetcar, and hire only part-time positions. As a private nonprofit employer, CC Rider could have more flexibility this way.
Or, go find another contractor. Yamhill County, Wilsonville, Canby and Sandy contract with another company and provide a much better quality of transit service while keeping the fares very low.
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