Meet the Staff: Tracy

Name:  Tracy Oster
Occupation: Executive Director
Employer: Downtown: On the Go!
Gets around by: Walking, Biking

Where do you live and where do you work?
I live in Federal Way and currently work from home.

How do you get there?
As I am starting this new role, I look forward to determining the best way to commute when we are back in the office.

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Meet DOTG’s new Executive Director

Join us in welcoming the new Executive Director for Downtown On the Go, Tracy Oster!

DOTG’s Board conducted an extensive search for a new Executive Director, comprising many talented and qualified candidates across local, regional, and even national networks.  Ultimately, it was Tracy Oster’s impassioned engagement with the mission and values of DOTG, coupled with her remarkable nonprofit expertise and proven ability to manage and grow an organization such as ours, that really convinced us we had the right candidate to lead DOTG.  We are all so excited to see her flourish in this position and can’t wait for Tacoma’s local advocates, businesses, partners, and community members to see firsthand the ways she can help DOTG constantly improve and make downtown Tacoma more vibrant, equitable, and pedestrian friendly.  As our new ED, Tracy will be a charismatic face to an ever-maturing organization, a strong-willed advocate for relationships and broad coalitions, an accountable leader for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in all that we do, and an enthusiastic and proactive proponent for all matters related to multi-modal transportation in Tacoma.  We could not be more proud in welcoming you aboard, Tracy!

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Tacoma to Puyallup Trail takes another important step forward

The Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail Connection is an envisioned corridor between downtown Tacoma and downtown Puyallup for people walking & rolling that is physically separated from car traffic and safe for people of all ages and abilities.

Downtown On the Go has been a leader in moving the project forward since 2017 and we’re proud to announce that a major milestone is completed and an ask headed to the Washington State Legislature for $2.3 million to begin preliminary engineering.

Let your legislator know how much you care about this project!

Project Background
In 2019, project partners undertook a Route Analysis Study with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to assess the feasibility of three potential routes to complete this crucial connection. Three potential alignments were assessed for safety, connections, accessibility, equity, environment and community fit, and cost, along with fatal flaws.

In 2020, project partners selected a separated trail along the new SR 167 route as the highest priority connection. The next step for this preferred route is Preliminary Engineering and the coalition has once again come together to develop a legislative ask of $2.3 million to complete this next phase.

The Tacoma to Puyallup Trail Connection Cohort wants to honor and acknowledge two members of our coalition who were instrumental in getting the project moving and who retired this year, Jane Moore, Executive Director at ForeverGreen Trails Coalition, and Dennis Hanberg, Public Works Director at Pierce County. Both organizations have already sent a replacement to the coalition so the work continues with the full slate of partners: Washington State Department of Transportation, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, City of Fife, City of Puyallup, City of Tacoma, Metro Parks Tacoma, Port of Tacoma, Pierce County, ForeverGreen Trails, Downtown On the Go, and the Puyallup Watershed Initiative’s Active Transportation Community of Interest.

>>Take me to the project page.

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Friday Forum: Where the Sidewalks End

Racism in Transportation Policy

Where the Sidewalks End: Racist Urban Design and Crime Prevention

Friday, January 22, 2021
Noon – 1 p.m. (online)

What if crime prevention could be built into cities? As cities begin to explore this question, the results have not been favorable for Black and brown residents. Learn about how urban design meant to prevent crime instead reinforces systemic inequalities and racism, and how Tacoma is planning to avoid this.

The event will feature panelists Nick Bayard (Tacoma’s Office of Equity and Human Rights), Lauren Flemister (Community Planning Manager for the City of Seattle), Krystal Monteros (Vice Chair of the Commission on Disabilities) and moderator Tanisha Jumper (City of Tacoma Media and Communications Director).

Friday Forums bring together local leaders, experts, and the community to talk about transportation issues facing Tacoma and our region.

If you can’t attend the live Friday Forum, check out the recording at our media sponsor, Channel 253! And don’t miss the additional podcast on Crossing Division: “What If There Is No Sidewalk — Amenities, Equity & Gentrification”.

The recorded event will also be available to view on TV Tacoma with the following broadcast schedule:
Friday, February 22 – 4:30pm
Saturday, February 23 – midnight, 9:30am, 4pm
Sunday, February 24 – noon, 7pm
Monday, February 25 – 1am & 1pm
Tuesday, February 26 – 9am, 9pm
Wednesday, February 27 – 2am, 4:30pm, 10:30pm
Thursday, February 28 – 5am, 4:30pm
Friday, February 29 – 4:30pm

TV Tacoma is carried on both the Click! (via Rainier Connect) and Comcast Cable systems. On Click!  TV Tacoma is now available in High Definition on Channel 512 or in Standard Definition on Channel 12 within the Tacoma City limits and in Pierce County. In the City of University Place our Standard Definition Channel is 21. On Comcast, TV Tacoma can be seen in High Definition on Channel 321 in Tacoma and Pierce County.  The Standard Definition Channel is 12 within the Tacoma City limits and Channel 21 in Pierce County. TV Tacoma is not available on the Comcast system in University Place. TV Tacoma is also streamed LIVE at

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Business Leadership Academy graduation

Our Deputy Director Meagan Kula was one of the 2020 graduates of the Business Leadership Academy, sponsored by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber and Pacific Lutheran University.  The academy is an opportunity for current and emerging leaders to engage with the business community while developing leadership skills, linking with a mentor, working on a group community project, and interacting with exemplary leaders.  Hundreds of local community leaders have been part of the academy since its beginning in 1978.


This video highlights some of the regular meetings, tours of the community (including a walk led by Downtown On the Go!) and local businesses , and interviews with local leaders held earlier in the year (pre-COVID).

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Our Silent Auction is Now Live!

In addition to our November 13 Annual Luncheon event, we encourage you to support Downtown On the Go through our silent auction, which is now live! Items include original Sean Alexander artwork, a Northwest Trek Wildlife Park keeper adventure tour, restaurant gift cards, a Pioneer Collective membership, and many more wonderful experiences and items. Click the “Get Started” button here and follow the prompts to explore the auction and start bidding.

Questions about the Silent Auction? Contact Elena Olson ( for assistance.

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Ride the Bus with Steven Higashide

Join the Ride the Bus virtual event at 3:00 p.m. on November 18, 2020 to discuss transit equity, access, and equality. Downtown On the Go is looking forward to chatting with Steven Higashide, an urban planner, transportation researcher, and author of Better Buses, Better Cities: How to Plan, Run, and Win the Fight for Effective Transit. The conversation will focus on the topics of urban inequality and climate change in relation to how to make bus service better. Also joining us will be Marquis Mason, the Climate Justice Community Organizer for Citizens for a Healthy Bay, and DOTG’s own Advocacy & CTR Coordinator, Laura Svancarek. Learn how transit planning and infrastructure affects underserved and underrepresented riders, and how improvements can be made to ensure equity and accessibility.

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

This free event is sponsored by the Puyallup Watershed Initiative Active Transportation Community of Interest and Pierce Transit.

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Pierce County Council Candidates Talk Transportation

We asked the Pierce County Council candidates to talk transportation in Pierce County.

This year, there are four Pierce County Council positions up for grabs. Decisions made at the county level can have a huge impact on what happens in Tacoma, particularly concerning transportation. This election has the potential to really shake up County Council, so it’s more important than ever to know the candidates’ positions.

We asked the candidates to answer 3 questions about transportation in Pierce County. They have been compiled into a series of short videos. Full transcripts of the videos are available via the link under each video.

Thank to you the candidates who participated in this video series!

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

Find more information on the candidates on the Pierce County Auditor’s website.

Talk to the candidates for your district! Ask them about the things you care about, ask what they care about. Being an informed voter is important for Tacoma and Pierce County, so thank you for doing your part!


Sarah Rumbaugh, District 2



Ryan Mello, District 4



Jani Hitchen, District 6



Jason Whalen, District 6


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New ways to Speak Up at Tacoma City Council

New ways to Speak Up at Tacoma City Council

Not sure how to connect with Tacoma City Council virtually? We’ve got you covered.

Join us for a virtual Speak Up training on Oct. 29. Learn how to give comment to Tacoma City Council even during COVID through three virtual opportunities: public comment, community forum, and virtual forum. We’ll also talk about the City’s budget process through the lens of walking, biking, and transit, and work to connect you with other Tacomans who share your passions. At the end, At-Large Councilmember Kristina Walker will answer questions about connecting with Council. There’s no better time to than now to Speak Up and make your voice heard!

Speak Up!
Oct. 29, 2020
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Join on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 854 7216 2856

Add this event to your calendar: Outlook calendar, Google calendar

Facebook event page

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Pedal with Politicians video blog series is now available!

Over the last several weeks, some of your Tacoma City Council Members biked around Tacoma to get up close and personal with the existing (and missing) bike and trail networks in Tacoma. Since we can’t gather in person for a bike ride and discussion, their rides and stories are posted here as a video blog series, so you can see the routes and neighborhoods that your elected officials traveled, and get more familiar with infrastructure and opportunities for bike advocacy.

Chris Beale, Tacoma City Council – Position 5, South Tacoma


John Hines, Tacoma City Council – Position 1, North Tacoma


Catherine Ushka, Tacoma City Council – Position 4, East Tacoma


Kristina Walker, Tacoma City Council – Position 8

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