Downtown: On the Go! Newsletter • December 2011 • Volume 3, Issue 12


Be Downtown
Polar Plaza Ice Rink: Tollefson Plaza
Nov. 25 – Jan. 2
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Chamber Public Officials Event
Dec. 7, 5 – 8 p.m.
Hotel Murano

Transportation Choices Coalition Holiday Party
Dec. 8, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
The Space, Court C

First Night
Dec. 31, all day

Downtown Transit Ridership Up

Transit ridership in downtown Tacoma has increased since 2010. Thanks in part to the efforts of Downtown On the Go, recent calculations show that nearly four percent more riders got on and off Pierce Transit buses in downtown Tacoma this October, as compared to October 2010.  Read more. . .


His leadership and innovation leave a legacy: At the end of December, one of Downtown On the Go’s founders and current board member Scott Morris (pictured here at the bus stop he started riding in the late 1970s) retires after more than 31 years of service at Pierce Transit. Scott’s dedication to Pierce Transit and Downtown On the Go have been instrumental in making both organizations what they are. Read more. . .


Federal Decision: The transit portion of the federal Commuter Benefit is set to be reduced nearly in half at the end of 2011 if action is not taken. Currently, employers can allow their employees to use tax-free money for transit or parking up to $230 per month. If action is not taken, the transit portion of this benefit will be reduced to $120/month. Read more . . .
Tacoma’s Mobility Funding Task Force hard at work
Tacoma’s Mobility Funding Stakeholder Task Force was formed in September 2011 to find ways to fund our failing roads, sidewalks, trails, bikeways and light rail. The group, made up of citizens from each district and business, mobility and accessibility representatives, has been meeting weekly to discuss funding mechanisms for transportation maintenance and improvements throughout the city. The task force has learned the extent of the city’s street problems, including failing pavement, potholes, utility needs, and missing and hazardous sidewalks. Possible funding mechanisms the task force are looking into are a levy lid lift, which will need approval by voters, an increase in car tab fees, and a general utility bond. All options are being discussed in detail before a package is presented to the Tacoma City Council in January. Keep up to date on the task force’s work by visiting the project page.


Kristina Walker Nominated for Walk Tacoma efforts: The 2011 Tourism Matters Meeting + Celebrity Awards hosted by the Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitor Bureau, included the Community Unity Award.
This award recognizes a STAR who continuously works to unite the Pierce County community through collaboration, innovation and regional projects. Congratulations to Kristina and all those who worked on the Walk Tacoma maps!


Save the Date: Join Downtown On the Go and other transportation advocates on January 31, 2012 for the largest Transportation Advocacy Day yet. Visit your legislator, connect with other advocates, and be a citizen lobbyist to support sustainable and community-based transportation options. RSVP to Transportation Choices Coalition. More details coming soon.


Be Downtown: The buzz in downtown this holiday season is: Be Downtown. You may have seen the Polar Plaza Express (the Tacoma Link) making it's way through downtown. You've seen Two Five Trees and folks ice skating in Tollefson Plaza. And of course, you're supporting local businesses by shopping downtown. It's all part of the Be Downtown Campaign, headed up by Sound Transit. Read more. . .
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