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C-TRAN, Lamar Transit Advertising, the Arts of Clark County and local Poet Laureate Christopher Luna are launching the second phase of Poetry Moves during the Farmer's Market at 10 AM on July 3 in the Music Pavilion at Esther Short Park. The event will showcase the work of local student poets, ranging in age from third through 12th grades. All selected students will have an opportunity to publicly read their work during the July 3 event. As with the first phase, this second phase displays their work on all C-TRAN buses.
Christopher Luna applied and received a grant from the Arts of Clark County for his Poets in the Schools program, which provided supplies and a very small honorarium for four poets to work with at least one Clark County school. As it was, the poets worked with a total of six schools and a total exceeding 250 students on multiple days and weeks. At the conclusion of their work in the classroom, the students provided their poems to the visiting poets. The poet team met to review the student poems, and selected 10 that they thought best represented poetic structure, content, rhythm and verse.
For more information on the Arts of Clark County and Christopher Luna, please visit the Arts of Clark County website at www.artsofclarkcounty.org.
C-TRAN is the regional public transportation provider for portions of Clark County. It offers local bus service within its Clark County service area, Limited bus service to the nearest MAX light rail station, and Express commuter service to downtown Portland. It also provides Connector service within the city limits of Camas, La Center, and Ridgefield. For more information on C-TRAN please visit C-TRAN's Web site at www.c-tran.com, or call Passenger Service at (360) 695-0123.
C-TRAN is inviting Clark County travelers to "dump the pump" and take public transportation on June 16, 2016, as part of national Dump the Pump Day. To encourage people to ride locally, C-TRAN will provide free service across its entire system for that day.
The fare-free day will apply to all C-TRAN routes and services, including Local, Limited and Express routes, C-VAN and the Connector. If you haven't used public transit before --- or perhaps it's been a while --- consider it a good opportunity to give public transportation a try. For our regular riders and pass holders, C-TRAN staff will be at Fisher's Landing Transit Center and 99th Street Transit Center from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Thursday, June 16, offering an extra thank you and a chance to win a monthly pass for July.
Dump the Pump Day, now in its 11th year nationally, encourages people to ride public transportation (instead of driving) to save money. Choosing transit over a daily commute by car can save a person more than $9,000 per year, according to the American Public Transportation Association. But the benefits are more than financial: Transit also provides an environmentally friendly mode of travel that accounts for a huge reduction in carbon emissions each year. Transit improves traffic congestion. And transit riders can enjoy a more relaxed or productive trip while someone else does the driving.
Throughout Dump the Pump Day, C-TRAN riders will receive stickers to show their participation. People can also post photos to social media using the hashtag #dumpthepumpCTRAN to show the community what public transportation is all about.
The C-TRAN Board of Directors approved free service for Dump the Pump Day during its May meeting. C-TRAN will also offer fare-free service at other special events later this year.