Talk to tourism leaders and you'll hear the same refrain — Bend's lack of transportation options frustrates visitors. A Visit Bend survey showed that 91 percent of the roughly 3 million visits to Bend each year are done by car. Once here, all those folks struggle to get around without hopping in their vehicle and adding traffic to our already congested roads.

Industry leaders say they lose business to cities with robust transit options that make travel easy for visitors. Park City, Utah, for instance, has bus routes that make it easy to drive to town, take the skis inside and never turn an ignition key until it's time to leave again.

But it's not just the mountain. Getting to the Old Mill, the restaurant, the spa — in Bend, our transportation system limits mobility for all of our visitors.