COVID-19 & Flexible Work Arrangements

Flexible work arrangements and teleworking are excellent ways to keep you and your employees healthy during these uncertain times. We know many of you have had to start your teleworking program without the luxury of time, but these resources may help streamline your process as we move through this time together as a community.

Check out these articles to assist your transition to at-home work:

How to Create an Effective Teleworking Program

Top 13 Tips to Work at Home Amid Coronavirus Concerns

How to Work from Home: 20 Tips from People Who Do It Successfully

Pierce Trips Teleworking Resources

For more information on flexible work arrangements and particularly telework, check out the Telework Tool Kit. The state of Virginia is also a leader in promoting telework among employers… check out their website www.teleworkva.org.

For assistance in exploring telework and other flexible work arrangements at your business, contact ambers@downtownonthego.org.

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Walk Rescheduled for Sept. 2

Updated on March 23, 2020

In response to COVID-19, we have postponed our April 1 Walk Tacoma Kick-Off. The History Behind the Names Walk will be rescheduled for the first Wednesday in September (Sept. 2) from noon – 1 p.m. in Wright Park. 

April 1 is National Walking Day, and even though we can’t walk as a group, we can still get out on our own and enjoy the many benefits we receive from walking.  Tune in to our social media channels to get connected to walking resources and the latest event updates.     

We will continue to make changes as needed for upcoming events.  Thank you for your patience; we hope that you are all staying healthy and calm!

Please visit tpchd.org/coronavirus for the most up-to-date information for the community. 

Lace up your walking shoes and celebrate National Walking Day with Downtown On the Go and the American Heart Association at the Walk Tacoma Kickoff on Wednesday, April 1 from 12 – 1 p.m.  The free event, held in Wright Park, will be a 1-mile walk highlighting the history behind the names of our parks, streets and waterway.  Hear from historians and family members highlighting Charles Wright, Earnest Brazill, Thea Foss and William Rust.

The History Behind the Names Walk, led by Melissa McGinnis, Connie Terry, Megan Sukys, and Karen Pickett, will start and end at the lion sculptures at the south end of Wright Park.  Registration and check-in will be open from 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Save time by registering online here for the entire series. The first 140 people to register and check in at the event will receive a swag bag.

The Walk Tacoma series, sponsored by MultiCare is a five-event walking series held on the first Wednesday of the month, from April through August. The fun, themed walks, now in their eleventh year, encourage people to enjoy downtown on foot by introducing new walking routes and sharing information about the community and its history through the guided tours.  All Walk Tacoma events are accessible for wheelchairs and strollers and are 1 – 2 miles in length. All walks include activities for children provided by the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, and American Sign Language interpretation.

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CANCELED: Friday Forum: Public Spaces for All Ages

In response to COVID-19, we have postponed all events for the month of March (Ride the Link 3/10 and Friday Forum 3/20). DOTG is available via email and phone. Thank you for your patience; we hope that you are all staying healthy and calm!

Please visit the Pierce County Health Department’s website for the most up-to-date information for the community.

And check out Pierce Transit and Sound Transit’s websites for updates on how to safely access transit.

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Canceled: Ride the Link with Chef Jan Parker!

STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS EVENT!

Downtown Tacoma is *sizzling* with fantastic food options, new and old. If you find it difficult to choose with so many great options, we have great news! Local celebrity chef Jan Parker is sharing her favorite spots on Pacific Avenue. You’ve seen Jan Parker Cookery at events all over town, from the Broadway and Proctor Farmer’s Markets to the Glass Museum and the Night Market.

What better way to explore downtown’s *bubbling* culinary scene than to take the complimentary Sound Transit Link light rail! Since 2014, Tacoma’s Downtown Tacoma Partnership has kept the 1.6 mile Link fare-free for residents and visitors to downtown. Join us on the Link to learn more about local Tacoma eateries and progress on Sound Transit’s 2022 Link extension, expanding service to Stadium and Hilltop.

This free event, open to the public, is a chance to learn about your community, ask questions, and have a conversation with local experts. Sound Transit will share updates and some of Jan Parker’s most loved downtown eateries will share samples!

As a group we will gather at 11th & Pacific, in front of 950 building at noon. Though the Link is complimentary, all participants will receive a loaded ORCA card. Please RSVP online or email hallyb@downtownonthego.org.

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We’re Hiring: Transportation Liaisons are Back

Join our team on a part-time basis to support ongoing events and conversations with community members about their commutes. DOTG will be hiring up to seven (7) transportation liaisons for the 2020 event year. Transportation liaisons have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of events and projects on an as needed basis. Liaisons participate in a robust training and then set their own schedule based on opportunities throughout the year. The ideal candidate is enthusiastic about the organization and talking to the community. Being a transportation liaison is a great way to get to know the organization, transportation demand management, and the community!

View the full job description.

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Friday Forum: Moving into the Future

Moving into the Future
Feb 21, 2020
Noon-1 p.m. at the Pantages Lobby

As we age, our needs, abilities, and preferences change. Fewer people will be able to drive and local services for people with disabilities and other needs will need to dramatically improve. Having a connected and accessible transportation network; that includes walking, biking, transit, and driving options; will be an important factor in people’s ability to age in place.

At February’s Friday Forum, we will feature experts on the topic of transportation and older adults. Council Member Lillian Hunter is leading the City of Tacoma’s efforts to become an AARP Livable Community. She will be joined by Garrit Nyland of Catholic Community Services, City of Tacoma’s Transportation Commission, and by Carol Kachadoorian, who works at Toole Design as the Older Adult Mobility Practice Lead. Tanisha Jumper, City of Tacoma, will return to moderate this discussion and help to frame the topic in the context of Tacoma 2025.

Thank you to Tacoma Arts Live for being the series sponsor and Channel 253 for being our media sponsor.

Listen to Channel 253’s “Crossing Division” podcast for a deeper dive into this year’s forum topics.

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Celebrate the Start of 2020 with Us!

Downtown On the Go is having a party at 7 Seas Brewing Co. on Jan. 29, 2019 and you are all invited!

We are kicking off 2020 with lots of excitement and support. We’ll be dreaming up all the ways we can make Tacoma a better place to walk, bike, and take transit this year. With big public projects underway, there is great momentum to make our city a more connected and equitable community.  See you there!

The event is free to attend with a $50 suggested donation.

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Friday Forum: Aging In Place on January 24, 2020

In 2020, Downtown On the Go is engaging in a discussion around how Tacoma is adapting to meet the needs of our aging population.

By the year 2030 there will be more people over the age of 60 than under the age of 18 in Pierce County. The City of Tacoma is taking on the challenge of becoming a livable community by AARP standards – that means ensuring equitable access to housing, transportation, and public space for people of all ages.

First up is Aging in Place on January 24, 2020. Hear about the unique challenges related to transportation and accessibility for older adults in securing housing situations that meet their needs.

Tanisha Jumper, City of Tacoma Government, will moderate a discussion amongst leaders and service providers in Tacoma and Pierce County on how we sustainably house our aging neighbors and community members.

January’s panelists:
  • Ali Modarres of University of Washington Tacoma
  • Adriane Wilson, community leader and organizer
  • Matt Santelli of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center
Thank you to GeoEngineers for sponsoring this forum.
This year we are partnering with Channel 253 and their podcast “Crossing Division” to host an after show for each forum that will be a deeper dive into topic. Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #DOTGForum and following @downtownonthego. Find up-to-date event information and reading material in the Facebook event.
 
Thank you to Tacoma Arts Live for being a series sponsor and partner and to Channel 253 for being our Media Sponsor.
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Kristina Walker Among 40 Under 40 Honored at ACT Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Amanda Brangwynne
abrangwynne@actweb.org

SEATTLE (November 12, 2019) – The Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) celebrated the announcement of the 2019 40 Under 40 recipients at the annual TDM Forum in Seattle, WA.  Toasting the accomplishments of a tremendous group of TDM professionals and industry leaders at its annual Forum, the awardees represent a diverse cross-section of the industry, including private sector employers, city and state governments, service providers, consultants, and nonprofits committed to solving the transportation and mobility challenges facing their communities and organizations.

“The future is very bright for TDM with this impressive group of talent rising up and changing the way we look at addressing transportation and mobility.  The work of these ambitious leaders makes a very real difference in commuters’ quality of life and their creative solutions are improving the sustainability of their communities,” said ACT Executive Director David Straus.

Downtown On the Go’s Executive Director Kristina Walker was one of these awardees. Walker has led DOTG since 2011 and continues to make an impact in downtown Tacoma and beyond with her work to advocate for a connected network and educate commuters about the benefits of leaving their cars at home.

 “It’s an honor to be among such a long list of powerhouses in the transportation demand management field across the county. Now, more than ever, our communities need TDM solutions to solve congestion and manage urban growth. I’m proud to be recognized and honored to have the opportunity to do this important work every day,” said Walker.

 “I am always thrilled to see the next generation embracing TDM, and excited for this group of award recipients,” said ACT President Connie McGee. “I believe we need to keep cultivating new generations to work in transportation moving TDM forward into the future. Congratulations to the recipients!”

ACT recognized its 2019 40 Under 40 TDM Professionals at a special awards ceremony and reception sponsored by Hallcon, where attendees of the 2019 TDM Forum gathered to toast this exceptional group of emerging leaders.

 

ABOUT ACT
The Association for Commuter Transportation is the premier organization and leading advocate for commuter transportation and transportation demand management (TDM) professionals.  ACT strives to create an efficient multimodal transportation system by empowering the people, places, and organizations working to advance TDM in order to improve the quality of life of commuters, enhance the livability of communities, and stimulate economic activity.

About Downtown: On the Go!
Downtown On the Go (DOTG) is the transportation advocate and resource for anyone whose daily life is downtown Tacoma. DOTG is a collaborative effort of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, City of Tacoma, Pierce Transit, and downtown businesses. DOTG helps businesses save money, position their business as an active downtown community member, improve their employees’ health and well being, and protect their local and global environment through transportation management.

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2019 ACT 40 Under 40 Recipients
Linsey Burch, Wells + Associates
Chelsea Carter, AECOM
Christopher (Chris) Chop, MaineHealth | Maine Medical Center
Abdallah Daboussi, UCLA Transportation
Ben Dalton, RideAmigos
Erin David, Alta Planning + Design
Alex Gibson, Transloc Inc.
Danielle Glaser, LinkedIn
Thomas Hamed, City of Alexandria
Michael Helta, Maryland Transit Administration
Kelly Hostetler, Luum
Rachel Jallits, Facebook
Shawn Kelly, WeDriveU
Lori La Riva, SBCAG Traffic Solutions
Christy Lee, Destination Sales & Marketing Group
Katie List, Foursquare ITP
Erica Liston, Commute with Enterprise
Lily Lowder, Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Weiser Manzano, Salesforce
Adrienne Moretz, SACOG
Louis Pappas, Bird Rides Inc.
Ross Peizer, Community Transit
Raul Peralez, San Jose Office of Council District 3
Justin Rees, Ride Systems
Marc Rivers, Nike
Aslyne Rodriguez, EmpowerBus
Jessica Sanborn, Google
Courtney Schultz, Charlotte Area Transit System
Sarah Spicer, City of Seattle Dept of Transportation
Joseph Stainsby, Vanpool Alliance
Federico Tallis, VHB
Christina Torkelson, ACHD Commuteride
Jimmy Tran, UCLA Transportation
Erick Van Wagenen, WeDriveU
Ricardo Vera, NCR
Kristina Walker, Downtown On the Go
Julia Wean, Steer
David Weisman, Scoop
Marla Westervelt, Bird Rides Inc.
Lia Yim, Kite Pharma

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Vote for Transit on Nov 5 with No on 1-976!

When you vote by Nov. 5, 2019 you have the chance to make our Tacoma City Council more walk, bike, and transit friendly. Check out the candidate video below!

The Downtown On the Go Board has voted to endorse the No on I-976 Campaign. This means that we are partnering with great organizations across the state to defend funding for all parts of our transportation system – pedestrian safety, bike infrastructure, transit service, pothole repairs, and other necessary road maintenance and improvements.

Vote no to save 62 cities from losing an average of $60 million per year for local transportation projects over the next 10 years. For Tacoma, that would mean a lost of $3 Million a year  for Tacoma’s Transportation Benefit District.

Learn more about the No Campaign here and get specific information about the impacts to Pierce County. 

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