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WSRO members are encouraged to submit blog posts.  If you have post that you would like to submit to this website, please contact Jef Lucero

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  • 14 May 2014 11:49 AM | Jef Lucero (Administrator)

    Happy National Bike Month, everyone! One of the scholarship recipients to our spring conference recently shared some of her thoughts on her experience with us, and we thought we'd pass them along to the rest of our members. Enjoy!

    I’m so grateful for the scholarship I received that allowed me to attend the Spring WSRO Conference.  I’m fairly new to the area of transportation management, so attending the WSRO Conference was a great opportunity for me to learn and meet other professionals in the field.  At the conference I was inspired by Helen Thayer’s talk about her experience conquering the 364 mile journey to the Magnetic North Pole, I gathered program management ideas through sessions on Bike Sharing and the “Go Bronzeville” program, and I heard directly from state leaders’ Lynn Peterson and Brian Lagerberg about the current and future transportation plans for the State of Washington.  Outside of the sessions, I had an opportunity to meet other professionals to share program ideas and experiences.  These connections are priceless.  Thank you for giving me this opportunity.   I look forward to future conferences and involvement in WSRO. 

    Meagan Kula

    Downtown On the Go Coordinator

  • 13 Dec 2013 5:21 PM | Lee Peterson (Administrator)

    Thank you to the panel of excellent candidates that ran for the WSRO Board of Directors positions.  Each of you are an asset to the organization and would make a great addition to the board. The election was very close.

    The WSRO Board is excited to announce the two new members elected to the Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2014. 

    •·        Jef Lucero, Washington State Department of Transportation
    •·
            Mark Hazelton, Ecova

    Congratulations!

  • 03 Dec 2013 6:29 PM | Debbie Anderson (Administrator)

    Please take a moment to select your preferred Membership Structure.  The Board is asking to update the structure of our current membership dues to improve administrative processing.  Please complete your selection of Option 1 or Option 2by clicking on this link:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WSRODues.

    Please submit your vote by end of day, Wednesday, December 11, 2013.  The new fee structure will go into place in January 2014.  

  • 03 Dec 2013 6:27 PM | Debbie Anderson (Administrator)

    Please take a moment to complete the ballot to elect the incoming WSRO Board of Directors. We will be electing two new directors with this election. Members in good standing may vote for directors. 

    Good luck to our five candidates:

    • Mark Hazelton, Ecova
    • Jef Lucero, WSDOT
    • Eric Mamroth, City of Seattle
    • Terri Putney, Spokane Transit
    • Dacia Stricklett, WSDOT

    The Voter Pamphlet outlines each candidate qualifications.  

    Please complete the ballot and return to debbie.anderson@commtrans.org or fax to 425-438-6136 by end of day, Wednesday, December 11, 2013.  


  • 29 Oct 2013 12:55 PM | Caryn Walline (Administrator)

    Would your company or organization be willing to make charitable donations on behalf of employees who walk, bicycle, carpool, vanpool or ride the bus to work, instead of driving alone?

    One of our WSRO members, Mary Anderson with the Whatcom Council of Governments, is currently in graduate school at the University of Washington studying Sustainable Transportation and preparing a capstone project to examine whether donations to the charity of one’s choice are more motivating than receiving financial incentives to not drive alone to work.

    Mary is looking for a few employers throughout Washington State who would be willing to take part in a study to test this incentive model. Participating employers would:

    • Establish the process for selecting charities and making donations
    • Advertise the program to their employees
    • Register interested employees
    • Document employees’ non-SOV trips for 2-3 months
    • Make charitable contributions on behalf of the employees
    • Provide anonymous trip and contribution data

    If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact Mary Anderson at 360-676-6974 or mary@everybodyBIKE.com. Companies and organizations of all sizes are encouraged to participate.

  • 23 Oct 2013 1:50 PM | Caryn Walline (Administrator)

    Thank you to everyone who attended the 2013 WSRO Fall Conference!  We had a great time and hope all of you did too.

    For those who attended the “Talking Transportation” session on Monday morning, here is a list of recommended blogs to follow from our panelists:

    Transportation & Regional Agencies

    Community Transit: http://communitytransit.blogspot.com/

    Intercity Transit: http://intercitytransit.wordpress.com/

    King County Metro: http://metrofutureblog.wordpress.com/

    Puget Sound Regional Council – Regional View: http://blog.psrc.org/

    Sound Transit – Sound Waves: http://www.soundwavespanel.org/

    Spokane Regional Transportation Council: http://srtctransportation.blogspot.com/

    WSDOT: http://wsdotblog.blogspot.com/

    CTR Related

    CTR Board: http://ctrboard.ning.com/

    Smart Transportation (for RideshareOnline administrators):  http://smarttransportation.ning.com/

    Mode-Specific

    Seattle Transit Blog: http://seattletransitblog.com/

    Seattle Bike Blog: http://www.seattlebikeblog.com/

    Public Transportation Blog: http://blog.publictransportation.org/

    Feet First: http://www.feetfirst.org/blog

    Transportation Advocacy Groups

    Cascade Bicycle Club: http://blog.cascade.org/

    Transportation Choices – Choice Words: https://transportationchoices.org/blog

    Transportation Issues Daily: http://www.transportationissuesdaily.com/

    Other Blogs of Interest

    Bus Chick: http://www.buschick.com/

    Transit Zac: http://transitzac.wordpress.com/

    Atlantic Cities-Commute:  http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/

    Choose Your Way Bellevue: http://www.chooseyourwaybellevue.org/blog/


    If you have suggestions of other blogs that might be of interest, please add it in the comments section.

    Also, if you would like to contact any of the presenters with questions or follow up to their presentations, here is their contact information:

    Jef Lucero, WSDOT, 360-705-7846, luceroj@wsdot.wa.gov

    Caryn Walline, Community Transit, 425-438-6163, caryn.walline@commtrans.org

    Kate Whiting, Transportation Choices Coalition, 206-329-2336, kate@transportationchoices.org

  • 03 Sep 2013 3:51 PM | Debbie Anderson (Administrator)

    I recently had the honor of representing our WSRO members at the International ACT Conference held in late July in San Antonio, Texas. 

    First, I want to say it was my first trip to Texas.  I was amazed at how green it was there (I thought it was a desert like Arizona) and how HOT it was.  Over 100 degrees and humid.  But, despite the heat, it was absolutely beautiful.  The River Walk was amazing and the Alamo incredible!

    The conference theme was Deep in the Heart of TDM, and all the sessions I attended did get to the heart of what we all do everyday.  Here’s a brief description of a couple of my favorite sessions.

    LEED and TDM: New Opportunities to Provide Value to Developers and Property Managers

    This session explored how TDM professionals can help developers and property managers to achieve a significant number of LEED points just for implementing TDM.  This great workshop showed how to create new outlets to sell and market TDM services while helping property owners and developers obtain green certification. 

    Making the Case for TDM

    This session explored case studies for the successful implementation of TDM in Mexico City, Chicago and Embarq, Mexico.  Each had a very different experience, but they  all focused on developing partnerships and keeping their programs flexible to meet the needs of their communities.

    Not All Things to All People – Social and Individualized Marketing

    The speaker of this session was Aaron Gaul from UrbanTrans North America.  What a dynamic speaker.  He took us through strategies from implementing individualized marketing, selecting target areas and best practices.  We learned simple, cost-effective and targeted social marketing techniques that establish measurable and long-term sustainable travel behaviors. 

    The entire conference was simply amazing!  The speakers were very knowledgeable and engaging.  It was great to see and hear all the great things being done around the world. 

    If you would like more information on any of the sessions I attended I’m happy to share.  Or, you can go to the ACT Website for more information. Thank you for the great opportunity. 

    Debbie Anderson
    2013 Chair  

  • 10 Jan 2013 10:59 AM | Debbie Anderson (Administrator)

    Thank you!

    I am so pleased to be the recipient of  the 2012 Commute Smart Leadership- Washington State Ridesharing Organization Award for Excellence.  

    I want to say to all my colleagues and friends in this world of TDM that you all deserve this award for all your own dedication, innovation and commitment to excellence.

    I was very surprised to find myself on the receiving end at the annual Governor’s Commute Smart Awards at the majestic Rotunda in November. I am humbled , grateful and simply thrilled.

    Congratulations to all the award winners.  Happy 2013.

    Maggi

    Margaret Lubov

    CTR Coordinator | Department of Community Development

    City of Tukwila I 6300 Southcenter Blvd #100 | Tukwila, WA 98188

    ph: (206) 433-7142 | fx: (206) 431-3665

    maggie.lubov@TukwilaWA.gov | www.TukwilaWA.gov


  • 21 Nov 2012 1:57 PM | Debbie Anderson (Administrator)

    The WSRO Board is excited to announce three new members elected to the Board of Directors, effective December 31, 2012. 

    ·         Kim Stoltz, CTR Coordinator, Spokane County CTR Office.

    ·         Lee Peterson, Vanpool Coordinator, Intercity Transit.

    ·         Caryn Walline, Program Manager, TransManage.


    Congratulations!

  • 06 Nov 2012 2:42 PM | Debbie Anderson (Administrator)
    On Monday, November 5, 2012, Governor Christine Gregoire hosted the Annual Governor's Commute Smart Awards.  

    Congratulations Maggi Lubov, City of Tukwila. 

    (pictured below left to right: Maggie Lubov, City of Tukwila and Anne Ward-Ryan, WSRO Board Chair)



    Maggi is a longtime advocate, mentor and program manger in the CTR world. She has been an effective partner with transit agencies, planners, employers, CTR implementers and WSDOT. Her leadership has resulted in breaking down barriers between modes and integrating TDM into planning health and transportation initiatives at the local, regional and state level. She leads the Diamond Awards event in King County every year. She is always mentoring new people into the world of TDM. She is an active member of WSRO. 

    Congratulations, Maggi!



















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