I have 3+ years promoting Transportation Demand Management solutions. I feel it is important to use our existing infrastructure to its full capacity versus expanding roadways, to move the most amount of people in the most efficient way as well as the most environmentally friendly way possible. This work aligns with my personal aspiration to reduce the city's carbon footprint while connecting our communities to more transportation resources that may better suite their circumstances and improve their lives.
ORCA Business Passport
As the Transportation Specialist at Commute Seattle, I consult businesses in downtown Seattle transit benefits such as ORCA Business Passport, the annual transit pass only available through employers. I contract with King County Metro to provide business outreach, in housing marketing, and program progress reports.
Using the sales and inquiry data, I am able to identify the industry types that inquire more and close less. Industries such as technology continue to lead ORCA Passport contracts each year. Service industries such as retail and hospitality remain low. These industries tend to inquire about Passport at a disproportionate rate when compared to closing. This suggests that commute assistance is currently an unmet need for these industries. The businesses that are unable to close on ORCA Passport could likely be causing a systemic economic divide.
Knowing this, I have added an equity lens to my quarterly program reports to track engagement on various industry types, collect information on their work force and determine what type of benefit would work best for them. Is there a common solution with businesses in the same industry? Is there a way that I as the ORCA Business Specialist at Commute Seattle, offer these benefit services and streamline the on boarding process?
I have additional joined the King County Metro Coalition Access to Work and School Committee to offer solutions to make ORCA Business Programs more compatible for all business types and their employees.
King County Mobility Coalition - Access to Work and School Committee
The subcommittee recognizes efficient, affordable, convenient, and safe travel to and from work and school sites is a daily challenge for many residents in King County. The access to work and school subcommittee identifies the barriers that many populations face in travelling from their homes to their respective places of work and education. Certain populations that will be a focus for the subcommittee include but are not limited to Veterans, students, and newly arrived immigrants and refugees. The subcommittee works with regional partners to develop strategies to improve access to work and school throughout King County.
2018 Bikes & Bagels
Organized Commute Seattle's 8th Annual Bikes & Bagels event. This event is funded by the Seattle Department of Transportation and in collaboration with Cascade Bicycle Club and their Bike Everywhere Day event. I recruited and collaborated with multiple large vendors include; Limebike, Ofo, Spin as well as with local Seattle sport teams to have to help our event receive earned media. I also worked with Outdoors for All and their Bike Program Manager to feature adaptable bikes and share opportunities for individuals with varying abilities to participate in biking activities.
are low-income, and while there is a push to improve access to healthcare, better wages and improved safety for hotel workers, transportation assistance appears to have been relatively neglected. I collaborated with King County Metro and Seattle Public Health to develop marketing material in 12 different languages and organize 8 hotel commuter fairs.
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The program had also partnered with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Commute Trip Reduction program to offer the same services to large businesses in the Greater Seattle area. The “Commute Concierge” program provided these services to Seattle’s CTR-affected employers plus all employers in the Center City target area. In addition to offering trip planning services, this program provided employers with on-site trip consultations and workshops on how to implement a successful employer trip planning program. Between January and September of 2015, the Commute Concierge program completed 1,650 personalized commute plans, 16 on-site trip planning consultations, and conducted 4 trip planning employer workshops.