Downtown On The Go! Newsletter • February 2012 • Volume 4, Issue 2


Walk Tacoma 2012
Commuter Profile
Transportation Advocacy Day
Transit-Oriented Communities
Mobility Funding Task Force


Public Health & Transportation Forum
Thursday, Feb. 16, 1-2:30 p.m.
UWT Carwein Auditorium

Walk Tacoma Kick-Off
Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2012, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Wright Park
More info


Bike Month 2012

Have you tried OneBusAway?

Go in the Snow!

Downtown Tacoma looked a little less "On the Go" during our January snowstorm but many commuters still made it in to work thanks to their commute options. By bike, bus, foot and ski, employees kept working despite the snow slow down. Many that took the bus said it felt much safer than a car with chains and alternate routes, and those on active modes simply said they had fun! All were just happy they had options. Read more. . .


Transit makes her commute easy: Stephanie takes the bus to her job in downtown Tacoma everyday. Stephanie at Umqua Bank says she loves the convenience of using public transportation both locally and getting to Seattle for sporting events. "It’s important to support the transit system not only for our environment but also for our community," she adds. Read more. . .


Sponsorship Opportunities: Walk Tacoma 2012 is right around the corner and Downtown On the Go is solicitating local businesses to sponsor the walks. Sponsors receive visibility in all DOTG marketing efforts and the opportunity to speak to more than 50 participants at each walk. You don't want to miss being a part of these exciting events! More information on the DOTG website.
Public Health and Transportation Forum
Rescheduled from its Jan. date, Downtown On the Go will join Transportation Choices Coalition to co-host a forum on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, from 1 – 2:30 p.m., at Carwein Auditorium at University of Washington Tacoma. The forum will explore the intersection and overlap of public health and transportation issues, and discuss what is happening locally, in the legislature, and nationally in planning and policy decisions around these two topics. Previously scheduled during January’s snowstorm, the forum has even more relevance now that House Bill 2370, including health in the state transportation system policy goals, has gained momentum in Olympia. Register today - it's free but we want to know that you'll be there. Read More. . .


Public Health Bill making progress: Downtown On the Go joined nearly 200 other advocates for transportation choices from around the state on Jan. 31, 2012 to talk to our state legislators about improving options for local and regional commuters. We met with 27th Legislative District Rep. Laurie Jinkins, Rep. Jeannie Darneille's legislative assistant and Senator Debbie Regala. Our goal was to get their support of HB 2370, adding public health to transportation, SHB 1217, Neighborhood Safe Speeds for Cities and Towns, and HB 1700, Safe and Flexible Design Guidelines. A big thank you to our legislators, as the 27th district was supportive of these bills that create safer communities and do not cost the state's general fund. Click on the individual links to track each bill's progress. View the Transportation Advocacy Day Folio.


Display at UWT: Downtown On the Go recently co-hosted an event at UW Tacoma that highlighted transit-oriented communities and the economic drivers behind them, as well as the economic force they can be. Staff from Futurewise led the discussion which included the what, where and how of creating transit-oriented communities. As a recipient of a PSRC Growing Transit Communities grant, Tacoma is currently working on the South Downtown Subarea Plan and the MLK Subarea Plan to create vibrant sections of downtown that are livable and will attract development. DOTG continues to be a part of both of these discussions. Check out the displays at UW Tacoma through February 29, 2012 and be a part of the conversations in downtown.


A proposal to Tacoma City Council holds funding solutions: Tacoma’s Mobility Funding Stakeholder Task Force presented its recommendations to the City Council at their Jan. 17, 2012 study session. The task force recommended a levy lid lift that could raise $72 million over six years, the car tab fees could raise $13.75 million in six years and the general utility bond would raise $60 million, giving staff more than $145 million to improve roads (a fraction of the actual projected need, according to the task force). Read More . . .
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