I became interested in smart transportation during my graduate studies at the University of Oregon (UO). As someone who likes working closely with people, I also have an interest in working in local government. In my current position as Commute Trip Reduction Coordinator with Pierce County, WA, I have the opportunity to combine my passion for smart transportation and my interest in working with people. My team and I work with employers across the County to reduce drive-alone trips via employer transportation programs and marketing campaigns.
What brought you to TDM/how did you get involved in the field?
After my first few weeks at UO, I caved in to the bike culture and purchased a second-hand (at least) Huffy beach cruiser bicycle. The happiness I experienced from hopping back on a bike was a game-changer. After a couple of sustainable transportation classes, I was hooked. I sought local government jobs promoting walking and bicycling. I’ve held a few positions in the Seattle region and familiarized myself with different communities, their local obstacles and programs to overcome those obstacles. The effort and passion I see among TDM professionals has been very impressive as many of them have a personal interest in the subject, and I’m happy to be a part of that.
Why did you get involved in ACT? What has been the most memorable moment of your experience in ACT?
I’ve been familiar with ACT for a few years, through their online resources and fellow colleagues who are members. After a few years in the TDM community I am proud to finally join ACT, my first transportation-related professional membership. Commute patterns look different in each community, so I find it useful to hear what challenges other TDM groups are dealing with and how they are promoting smart transportation. I look forward to joining chapter and national events in the future. In the meantime, I am greatly enjoying the webinars and e-newsletters.
Within your work, what do you see as the future opportunities/challenges for TDM?
I am typing this during the COVID-19 pandemic. When this is all over, there will be a great opportunity for continued teleworking. I hope employees and managers are taking this time to consider teleworking as a valid alternative to coming into the office. Whether someone teleworks 3 days a week or 3 days a month, the impact would save time and money for the employee, expands the applicant pool for the employer and reduces congestion for the greater community.