Providing programs and services to Westside employers that reduce single-occupant-vehicle trips, reduce green house gas emissions, foster economic vitality and improve health.
What we do
The Westside Transportation Alliance works with its partners and Washington County employers to offer workplace services and programs that help employees commute to work by transit, carpool, vanpool, bicycling and walking. These services include transportation fairs, assistance with DEQ’s ECO Rule compliance, ECO surveying, events, incentive programs, and participation on local and regional planning committees.
The WTA provides programs and services to the urbanized areas of Washington County, including the Tualatin, Tigard, Beaverton and Hillsboro areas. The cities of Beaverton, Hillsboro, and Tigard, as well as Washington County, are supporting members of the WTA.
The Westside Transportation Alliance is a TMA, or transportation management association, that was formed in 1996 through collaboration with the City of Beaverton, Metro, and local area businesses. The WTA was formed in order to help companies become compliant with DEQ’s Employee Commute Options (ECO) rule. This rule requires companies that have over 100 employees to reduce the number of people driving alone to work by 10% within three years of their baseline survey. In addition to ECO Rule support, the WTA was created to decrease the number of people driving alone to work in order to decrease congestion and green house gas emissions. In addition to the WTA, there are four other TMAs in the Portland metro region including: Lloyd TMA, Swan Island TMA, South Water Front TMA, and the Gresham TMA.
The WTA is a private 501(c)(6) nonprofit. The WTA receives funding through several grant sources including federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funds through Metro and private foundation funds, such as the Kaiser Permanente Community Fund. In addition to grants, the WTA receives funding through membership dues as well as Washington County’s MSTIP program.
Jenny joined the WTA in 2013 with more than three years of non-profit experience and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. As a native Oregonian, Jenny has a strong appreciation for this State’s natural beauty and great, livable places. She is interested in creating healthy sustainable communities and believes that accessible transportation options are a key component of such communities. She is excited to join the WTA team and help the organization carry out its work in Washington County.
Mike Armstrong is a 2014 Master of Urban and Regional Planning Candidate at Portland State University specializing in active transportation solutions. He has previously worked with the Community Cycling Center on bicycle education and outreach as well as the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization and Pilsen Alliance in Chicago.
“Day-to-day transportation is an experience shared by everyone. We should be constantly striving towards healthier, more enjoyable and less stressful transportation options. I am thrilled to join the WTA team and work with the communities and businesses of Washington County towards a more balanced transportation network. I have long been a student of active transportation, mobility and accessibility and am looking forward to contributing my experience and knowledge to the region’s growth.”
Board of Directors
Adam Argo, Chair
David Evans & Associates
Dr. Phil Wu, Secretary
Pediatric Physician, Retired
Steve Silver, Treasurer
Lifetime Wealth Strategies
Director of Land Use & Transportation
Employee Transportation Program Manager
Deputy Director of Planning
Tualatin Hills Park and Rec. District