Ride the Bus with Pierce Transit CEO Mike Griffus

Join the virtual Ride the Bus event on Nov. 3, 2021 from 3 – 4 p.m. to discuss transit in Pierce County, planning and development, and riding the bus. Downtown On the Go is looking forward to chatting with Mike Griffus, Pierce Transit’s newly-appointed CEO, as well as Ryan Wheaton, Pierce Transit’s Executive Director of Planning & Community Development. DOTG’s own Advocacy & CTR Coordinator, Laura Svancarek will be moderating the conversation. Hear from Mike about his plans and what’s ahead for Pierce Transit, issues facing transit-users today, and what can be done to improve current infrastructure.

Register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. The recording will be posted on the DOTG Facebook page after the event.

This free event is an annual Ride the Bus event that gives riders a chance to learn about transit and their community, ask questions, and have a conversation with leaders.

Find Downtown On the Go at downtownonthego.org, or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Tacoma City Council Candidate Interviews

We invited candidates for Tacoma City Council and Mayor to take transit and talk transportation with us. Access to transportation options directly influences access to opportunities like jobs, school, healthcare, and recreation. We asked candidates about barriers to mobility, exciting projects in Tacoma, and funding public transit. We believe that transportation must be at the core of conversations about Tacoma’s future because it cannot be separated from conversations about housing, access, and so much more. Thank you to the candidates for speaking, learning, and taking transit with us!

Captions are available for each video on our YouTube channel, and transcripts are available at the link below each video.

Downtown On the Go is not endorsing any candidates. We aim to amplify the conversation around transportation in Tacoma by sharing the candidates’ responses. All ten candidates were asked to participate.

Vote by November 2nd!


Sarah Rumbaugh, District 2


Kelly Blucher, District 2


Catherine Ushka, District 4


Israel McKinney, District 4
Israel McKinney did not ride the bus with us, but you can read his answers to the questions by clicking here and learn more at his website: https://www.israeljamesmckinney.com/

Joe Bushnell, District 5


Anne Artman, District 5


Kiara Daniels, District 6


Brett Johnson, District 6
Brett Johnson declined to participate. Learn more at his website: https://brettforcouncil.org/

Victoria Woodards, Tacoma Mayor


Steve Haverly, Tacoma Mayor


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Light Up Your Ride

The air is crisp, and the sky is grey – that means that Light Up Your Ride is right around the corner! November 7 marks the end of daylight-saving time, which means shorter days and darker commutes by bike. But that doesn’t have to mean less bike riding! Downtown On the Go wants to shed some light on commuting by handing out free bike lights on October 28, 2021 at Light Up Your Ride from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at The Patio at Alma Mater (1322 S. Fawcett Ave.). The Pierce Transit Outreach team and folks with Razor share e-scooters will be in attendance, and The Patio will have drink specials on the menu specifically for this event. Social distancing and face coverings will be required for all attendees.

Whether riding a bike at night or in dreary weather, bike lights or reflectors can make all the difference in safety. Come and support a new downtown business and learn the best tips and tricks from seasoned Tacoma bike commuters.

Thanks to GeoEngineers for sponsoring this event!

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Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail Update

Check out the latest updates about the Tacoma to Puyallup Trail Alignment at this PDF!

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Park(ing) Day 2021: Livestreaming Conversations

Park(ing) Day is an international activism project where people around the world repurpose parking spaces into tiny parklets. On September 17, tune in to Downtown On the Go’s (DOTG) Facebook page to listen to us discussing transit related topics with transit advocates, local officials, and others! We’ll be “taking over” a parking space in Downtown Tacoma, and hope that you will follow us as we stream the conversations live at facebook.com/downtownonthego

The parklet, sponsored by Spin and BCRA Design, will be active from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on September 17. Parklets around the world are available on the Park(ing) Day website’s map. The 2005 San Francisco parklet that marked the first Park(ing) day was a lawn, a 15-foot-tall tree, and a rented park bench in a parking space. In years following, Park(ing) day, an original concept by Rebar, became an international event celebrating human-use spaces.

Downtown On The Go has celebrated Park(ing) day for several years, assisting other local organizations with setting up their own parklets. Last year, we hosted a virtual Park(ing) day of online panels of local advocates. This year due to the ongoing pandemic we have instead opted to minimize public interaction and instead host advocates in a virtual space, while still physically occupying a parking space.

We encourage you to engage with us and the worldwide Park(ing) Day community by following us on social media and by using the hashtags #downtowntacoma and #parkingday. We will livestream the interviews with advocates on Facebook, and the recordings will be available after the event.

Image text reads: PARK(ing) Day - Providing temporary public open space... One parking spot at a time! Followed by a graphic of an upside down car with plants growing out of it - "Shifting the paradigm" designed by Maki Kawaguchi" More text reads: Coming to Tacoma: Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 - Hosted By: Downtown on the Go - Sponsored By: BCRA Design and SPIN. - Original Park(ing) Day concept by REBAR www.rebargroup.org."

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Walk Tacoma: Scavenger Hunt 2021

Curious about Downtown Tacoma? Want to get outside and celebrate summer? Then DOTG has the event for you! Starting out virtually on August 5, the free challenge will send you on a journey through downtown to decode clues, do activities, and visit locations on foot, on bike or skateboard, or by bus and Link.

Registration has closed for 2021!

The event, sponsored by Pierce Transit, Commencement Bank and the Downtown Tacoma Partnership will be held over the week of August 5 – 12, with an in-person event on August 12.  Participants should register online by Monday, August 2, and will receive details and clue sheets via email at noon on Thursday, August 5.  On the hunt, participants complete as many activities and questions as possible. Results are due by 7pm on Thursday, August 12 at an in-person event (5p-7p), with music, activities, prizes, and opportunities to meet with DOTG staff and sponsors. Answers can also be submitted via email.

Build a team of colleagues from work, grab a pal or two, work individually, or bring the family to learn more about active transportation, explore great Tacoma locations, and get out into the community. All ages are welcome.  Scavenger hunters can work individually or create a team up to five members. Prizes will be awarded to teams and individuals who achieve certain point levels based on responses and activities. Engage with Downtown On the Go social media during the hunt by using unique hashtags, sharing photos and checking in at specific locations. Don’t forget to bring your smartphone!

The Walk Tacoma series, sponsored by MultiCare and Greentrike, is a five-event walking series. The fun, themed walks, now in their twelfth year, encourage people to enjoy downtown on foot by introducing new walking routes and sharing information about the community and its history through the guided tours. We’re happy to be back in-person with everyone, and all the 2020 and 2021 walks are still available virtually and can be accessed on the walk page at www.downtownonthego.com. For more information on the full Walk Tacoma Series visit us at downtownonthego.com/go/walking/2021-walk-tacoma-series or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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Meet the Staff: Alex

Name:  Alex Meacham
Occupation:  Development and Communications Manager
Employer: Downtown On the Go
Gets around by: Car, Bus, and a little walking!

Where do you live and where do you work?
Right now, I live in Gig Harbor and commute across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to downtown Tacoma through multi-modal transit options!

How do you get there?
I drive to the TCC Transit Center, which has a commuter parking lot, and leave my hybrid car there for the workday, while I take the 1, 2, or 28 bus lines into downtown!

It’s then just a crosswalk and an elevator to work! No parking garages or parallel parking required.

How does it all add up? How much money and time do you save?
Only driving partway to work means saving on gas and saving on parking fees. My ORCA card is provided by my work, so I don’t even need to pay bus fares!

It costs me ~$1.22 each way in gas to go all the way to work. By stopping at TCC, I save 53 cents every trip, as well as ~$8-10 in parking fees.

I also intend to either move to this side, or start taking the bus across the bridge too, which will cut out another $5 toll.

What’s in it for you?
Commuting to work means that I come out of the pandemic with a good routine, to an area I’m relatively new to, and get to explore on foot every day.

I also don’t have to spend as much on my car, and I lessen my carbon footprint a little! (Plus, I’m a very slow parallel parker, and I know folks would rather me not hold up the whole street!)

Do you have any tips for people who might be trying this mode for the first time?
Don’t be afraid to try it out! The bus system might seem a little scary for a first-time rider, but the drivers are helpful, and courteous, and always happy to help you find your way!

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Walk Tacoma: Pride Walk

Learn about the history of the Rainbow Center, the resource hub for the LGBTQ2S+ community that has served the South Puget Sound community for more than 20 years. Tour stops include previous office locations for the organization, event locales for Out in the Park & Tacoma Pride, and historical locations of gay-friendly and drag show establishments that helped shape and support the LGBTQ2S+ community in Tacoma. The 1.4-mile walk, in partnership with Rainbow Center and sponsored by Community Health Care, will be available on the free GeoTourist app starting on July 7. The tour begins at Wright Park.

The Walk Tacoma series, sponsored by MultiCare, is a five-event walking series. The fun, themed walks, now in their twelfth year, encourage people to enjoy Tacoma on foot by introducing new walking routes and sharing information about the community and its history through the guided tours. Due to COVID-19, the 2021 walks will be available virtually through the GeoTourist app.

For more information on the full Walk Tacoma Series visit www.downtownonthego.org or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Annual Luncheon: Back to Business

Back to Business Luncheon – Pathways to Tacoma’s Equitable Recovery

Thursday, Jun 24 | 12p – 1p

Register Here

As we are emerging from a year characterized for many by fewer commutes, and less movement overall, we have the opportunity to re-examine our transportation systems to make sure there is an efficient and fair mix of mobility options.  The recovery and reopening of Tacoma’s businesses relies on an equitable, accessible and functional transportation system. Downtown On the Go has worked together with our community and leaders to make it easier to walk, bike and take transit for more than 10 years. We can’t wait to share our efforts with you at our annual luncheon at 12:00 on June 24, 2021. This virtual event will feature remarks from local leaders Senator T’wina Nobles, Mayor Victoria Woodards and Pierce County Councilmember Ryan Mello. Join us to learn how you can make an impact, as we highlight the pathways to Tacoma’s equitable recovery.

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Bus to the Farmers Markets!

It’s summer in Tacoma and the farmers markets are waiting for you!

This year, consider taking transit instead of driving to the markets. There are several farmers markets to visit and many different bus routes to get you there.

Learn more about how to get to each farmers market in more detail here.

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