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August Commuter News

In This Issue
  • Welcome Caitlin
  • Commuter Kickbacks
  • Commuter Spotlight
  • Share your Commute Story
  • Engagement Opportunity
  • Commute Plan Survey
  • Get There Challenge
Who We Are

Westside Transportation Alliance, a nonprofit that works with employers and local governments to reduce auto commute trips in Washington County, Oregon. 

Welcome, Caitlin!

Caitlin Ahearn joined WTA as Transportation Options/Business Outreach Program Manager in July 2019 to manage programs and relationships with WTA’s members. Before coming to the world of transportation, Caitlin worked in recycling education and outreach for local governments in the Portland metro region and in the cancer treatment industry in Massachusetts. Caitlin has a Master's degree in sustainable engineering from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor's degree in physics from Ithaca College. In her free time Caitlin enjoys playing and seeing music, biking around town, and pulling weeds in her yard (it's so satisfying). Caitlin is happy to be car-free and likes to bike to the MAX for her commute, but is known to take the bus when the weather gets colder and rainier.
This month's lucky winners are Jerel from Nike, Mark from Columbia Sportswear, Nanette from Vernier Software & Technology, Shiloh from Providence, and Alicks from Washington County. Congrats on winning a trip to BG's Food Cartel! They used a mix of transit and bicycling as their modes of transportation. Way to go!

Next month's drawings will select four winners, and each winner will receive a $50 gift card to McMenamin's. Log just four days of non-drive alone commute trips in a month in Get There for an entry into our monthly Commuter Kickbacks prize drawing. An additional four days = an additional entry. What are you waiting for? Get logging!

Commuter Spotligtht: Nanette

"I started non-drive alone commuting when I moved from Beaverton to Hillsboro a couple of years ago. The wonderful company I work for, Vernier Software & Technology, provides all employees with annual passes, so I ride the MAX 2-3 days a week and I run my errands on my way home on the days I drive. For those considering non-drive alone commuting, it helps just to just start with one day a week. Plan to go to bed the night before a bit earlier to make up for needing to get up earlier the next morning."

Thanks for sharing, Nanette!

Share your commute story! 

(and earn an extra entry for the Commuter Kickbacks prize drawing)
Help the commute-curious by sharing your wisdom. The best way to learn is from one another; your story may help inspire others! 

Engagement Opportunity

Local Transportation Investment Team Meeting

Monday, August 19, 2019
6:30 pm to 9 pm
Beaverton City Hall, Council Chambers

Local Investment Teams are meeting in Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties during the summer and early fall of 2019 to review proposed local transportation projects as part of the development of a possible 2020 regional transportation investment measure.

This meeting includes an off-site tour: the first hour will be conducted on a bus in order to tour local transportation corridors. The public is invited to join the tours as observers on a space-available basis.

Unless otherwise noted, there will not be public testimony at the Local Investment Team meetings. You can share written comments with the team at any time by emailing Comments received by 2 p.m. on the day of the meeting will be printed for the meeting.

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Need help planning your commute?

Good news - we've updated our Commute Plan Survey so we can better serve you. Let us help design your personalized commute plan!
As the Drive Less Connect platform has now become Get There, the well-known Drive Less Challenge will now be the Get There Challenge. It's not too soon to mark your calendar! This year's challenge will take place October 7 - 21. 


Washington County
City of Beaverton
City of Hillsboro
Columbia Sportswear
First Tech Credit Union
Kaiser Permanente
Portland General Electric
City of Tigard
Portland Community College
Lam Research
Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District 
Vernier Software & Technology
City of Forest Grove
Enterprise Rideshare
South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART)
Thomas, Coon, Newton and Frost Law Firm
Beaverton Chamber of Commerce
Beaverton Round Executive Suites
Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce
Intertwine Alliance
Portland Transport
Ride Connection
The Street Trust
Tualatin Chamber of Commerce
Washington County Bicycle Transportation Coalition
Westside Economic Alliance
Made possible with support from Metro and the Federal Transit Administration 
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