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May Commuter News

In This Issue
Bike More Challenge

Board of Directors Update
Proposed MAX Station Closures
Commuter Kickbacks Winners
WTA in the Community
OR 217 Auxiliary Lanes Open House
Who We Are
Westside Transportation Alliance is a nonprofit that works with employers and local governments to reduce single occupancy vehicle commute trips in Washington County, Oregon. 

Bike More Challenge 2019

WTA League Update
The Bike More Challenge has started, and the 2019 WTA League includes 12 teams that will compete for the champion's trophy: Intel, Nike, Washington County, City of Beaverton, City of Hillsboro, Laika Studios, Lam Research, City of Tigard, Columbia Sportswear, Vernier Software & Technology, First Tech Federal Credit Union, and defending champion Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center.

Join the Bike More Challenge, log your trips, and enjoy this beautiful weather! If you work for one of the employers in the WTA League you will be eligible for lots of extra prizes and can help your team win! WTA will be offering several exclusive extra awards and prizes, including:
  • Teams in the WTA League will go head-to-head in a friendly competition for the WTA League trophy and title of league champion. The WTA League uses a points per rider calculation, so teams of different sizes can compete together. Can Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center become the first champion to repeat?
  • There will be weekly prize drawings exclusively for riders on WTA League teams, so be sure to log your trips each week!
  • Everyone who records a trip on "Ride for a Prize Day" on Friday, May 17th (this is also National Bike to Work Day) will be eligible for special prize drawings. Every WTA League team is guaranteed at least one winner! 
  • Submit your Bike More Challenge story and photo to WTA and be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card at the end of May. 
Sign up right now on to join thousands of others in this month long friendly competition!

Board of Directors Update

WTA's Annual Meeting was held on April 11th. The meeting was sponsored by Kaiser Permanente with additional support from Intel and Washington County, and nearly 50 people attended. 

Three new people were elected to the Board of Directors:
  • Nicole Hendrix, City of Wilsonville/South Metro Area Regional Transit
  • Stacy Revay, City of Beaverton
  • Charri Schairer, Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District
We are thrilled to have Charri, Stacy, and Nicole join our Board. The membership also confirmed the nominated slate of officers:

Chair: Brad Choi, City of Hillsboro
Secretary: Will Cortez, Oregon Zoo
Treasurer: Adam Haslam, Kaiser Permanente 

Two people left the board at the end of their terms: Nicole Paulsen, Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District and Todd Juhasz, City of Beaverton. Both Todd and Nicole have been valuable parts of the organization during their time on the board. Our sincere thanks for their time and service.

Proposed MAX Station Closures

WTA has submitted a letter to TriMet's Board of Directors summarizing the responses we received from our members to the previously circulated survey. All but one of the responses was in favor of the proposal to close the four downtown MAX stations, and all but one of these were "strongly" in favor of the proposal. TriMet's Board of Directors will be voting on the proposal at the end of June, so there is still time to submit your feedback if there are comments you would like to share directly. Please see TriMet's website about the proposed closures for more information

April Winners

Congratulations to the April Commuter Kickbacks winners, including: Mark from City of Beaverton, Omar from City of Hillsboro, Linda from Washington County, and Addie from Nurnberg Scientific. All of the April winners received $20 gift cards to Dutch Bros!

Our winners used many different ways to reduce auto commute trips, including carpooling, biking, walking, and MAX. Our winners also demonstrate a couple of great benefits of using transportation options - making new friends and improving your mood!

Addie is in a regular carpool and said: 

I commute with a coworker who has now become a friend!

Omar enjoys commuting by bicycle and said:

Riding over Washington Park is the best way to start and end my work day. 

Don't forget - there are now new ways to up your chances of winning. This month we're raffling off TWO $100 Top Golf gift cards! Contact Sydney or Jeff if you have any questions.

WTA in the Community

WTA participated in two community events in April. WTA joined Erin Wardell, Washington County; Ray Atkinson, Clackamas Community College; and Stacy Revay, City of Beaverton (above) for an interactive session on Transit Connections in Suburban and Mixed Land Use Environments at the Oregon Active Transportation Summit.

WTA also joined Lynn Peterson, Metro Council President; Judith Gray, ODOT; and Sam Rodriguez, Mill Creek Residential at the Kruse Way Economic Forum for a presentation on Adapting Your Business to the Transportation and Affordable Housing Problems Facing the Metro Region
Community Open House
Beaverton City Library, May 21, Drop in between 5 and 7PM

This project will improve safety and help prevent bottlenecks on a four-mile stretch of OR 217 between Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and OR 99W. Adding new auxiliary lanes, or on-ramp to off-ramp connections, reduces merging slow-downs and gives drivers more time to make lane changes. The project will also add a new frontage road, replace a major bridge structure and add strategic bicycle and pedestrian improvements.
  • Chat with ODOT staff about planned improvements
  • Share your experience using the Hall Blvd overpass
  • Ask questions and see a preview of construction
Visit the project website for more information.

WTA Members

Washington County
City of Beaverton
Columbia Sportswear
First Tech Credit Union
City of Hillsboro
Kaiser Permanente
Portland General Electric
Lam Research
Portland Community College
City of Tigard
Laika Studios
Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District 
Vernier Software & Technology
Enterprise Rideshare
City of Forest Grove
Thomas, Coon, Newton and Frost Law Firm
City of Wilsonville - South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART)
Affiliate Members
Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce
Beaverton Round Executive Suites
Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce
The Intertwine Alliance
Portland Transport
Ride Connection
The Street Trust
Tualatin Chamber of Commerce
WashCo Bikes
Westside Economic Alliance
Made possible with support from Metro and the Federal Transit Administration 
Our mailing address is:
12725 SW Millikan Way, Suite 300
Beaverton, Oregon 97005

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