Downtown: On the Go! Transportation Partnership

Downtown On the Go
Dane Meyer

The Downtown: On the Go! Transportation Partnership (now the DOtG Board of Directors) is composed of leadership drawn from the public and private sectors working together to increase non-single occupancy vehicle commuting in the Downtown from 24% to 35% by 2015.

History of the Partnership:

In the summer of 2008, the City of Tacoma, Pierce Transit, and the Tacoma 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; carsharing; 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 originalDowntown 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.

Between June and October of 2009, funding was sought to continue the Partnership in the short-term, and additional partners representing a more diverse sampling of organizations were added to the Partnership (click here for a list of partners). DOtG was able to receive funding through the City of Tacoma's Energy and Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds.

In October 2009, 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! workplan for the next five years (2010-2015). They have recently determined that they will evolve into a more formalized Board of Directors, with options for "membership" to those businesses that support the vision and mission of Downtown: On the Go!. If you are interested in applying to be on the Board of Directors, please contact juliap@tacomachamber.org.

If you are a downtown Tacoma business and you are interested in becoming a DOtG Member, click here to learn more about what this option includes.

Past Transportation Partnership Materials

  • Read the 2008-2009 Transportation Partnership report here.
  • Review past meeting agendas here.
  • Review meeting minutes here.