Downtown On the Go is the transportation advocate for anyone whose daily life is downtown. It is a program steered by a board of directors representing 20 downtown businesses, organizations, and agencies committed to leveraging their resources and relationships to reduce the downtown drive alone rate by 11% by 2015.
Downtown On the Go envisions a vibrant, integrated downtown Tacoma – where daily life is enhanced by connecting people, green spaces, arts & culture, and jobs. Interdependent land use policies and transportation options reinforce an active, compact urban core that is connected locally and regionally, promoting a focus on the movement and interactions of people rather than cars.
Downtown On the Go’s purpose is to be the transportation advocate for anyone whose daily life is downtown. We do this by:
- Educating about transportation choices other than driving alone.
- Encouraging use of transit, ridesharing, biking, walking, and flexible work arrangements.
- Advocating for transportation choices and land use policies that promote a vibrant and integrated downtown.
SERVICES, RESOURCES & PROGRAMS
Downtown On the Go offers services, resources, and programs specific to downtown commuters, businesses, and residents. From informational presentations for your staff or group, individualized employee/employer consultations, forums, events, and more, Downtown On the Go supports you in trying or continuing your non-SOV commute!
KEY DOTG DOCUMENTS
A RECORD OF SUCCESS
- Received the 2010 Governor’s Commute Smart Community Champion Award
- Nominated for a 2011 Tourism Matters award
- Gathered anonymous employee addresses from 14 businesses representing 16,000 employees, to be used in the Pierce Transit Redesign process
- A stakeholder on several committees, including the City of Tacoma’s Mobility Master Plan Committee and the Parking Advisory Board Task Force
- Completed five WALK Tacoma downtown walking maps, distributing over 10,000 of these to downtown employers, employees, visitors, and residents
- Developed and maintaining Live Downtown Program, incentivizing downtown employees to live close to work
In the summer of 2008, the City of Tacoma, Pierce Transit, and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber hosted three transportation forums for downtown business executives. The forums were facilitated by local and regional transportation experts. As a result of these sessions, the business community overwhelmingly determined that it was ready to take action. As we result, the Downtown: On the Go! Transportation Partnership was formed.
The Partnership held a series of six meetings between January and June 2009, addressing transit routes, capacity, and programs; bicycling/walking infrastructure and amenities; car sharing; and telework. Members agreed in June 2009 to continue working to establish long-term funding and organization plans.
In early 2009, leaders from more than 17 downtown businesses formed the original Downtown On the Go! Transportation Partnership. Through a collective voice, the Partnership sought to identify and advocate for viable solutions to the parking and transportation challenges facing downtown businesses and commuters. Members of the partnership agreed in June 2009 to collaborate on commute trip reduction strategies, with a goal of 35% of employees using non-single occupancy vehicle commute options: transit, walking, biking, telecommuting, and car/vanpooling.
In October 2009, with funding through a City of Tacoma Energy and Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG), the Transportation Partnership’s members reconvened to begin the process of creating sustainable funding and organization plans, as well as determine the form and function of this group.
Throughout late 2009 and the first half of 2010, the Partnership met monthly to build their mission, vision, and Downtown On the Go work plan for the next five years (2010-2015). They have since evolved into a more formalized Board of Directors, with additional options for “fan status” to those businesses that support the vision and mission of Downtown On the Go.