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Westside transportation pro will lead new Washington Park access group

Posted by on July 11th, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Heather McCarey

The director of one of the region’s older transportation nonprofits is moving to one of the region’s newest.

Heather McCarey announced Wednesday that she’ll be leaving the Westside Transportation Alliance to become executive director of the newly formed Washington Park Transportation Management Association, which will focus on improving bike, transit and carpool travel options to Washington Park.

Both organizations are chartered by local governments to reduce auto travel by making it easier for people to reach their destinations by walking, biking, or taking public transportation.

The Westside TMA seeks to improve non-auto travel options throughout Washington County and is funded by a federally funded grant administered by Metro and voluntary dues from Washington County employers. The new Washington Park TMA will be funded by a similar Metro grant plus auto parking fees from people who bring autos to visit the park and its tenants: the Oregon Zoo, World Forestry Center, Portland Children’s Museum, Portland Japanese Garden and Hoyt Arboretum.

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  • Craig Harlow July 12, 2013 at 9:24 am

    More good news for Portland’s transportation outlook!

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  • BikeFunFinder July 12, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Congrats Heather!

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  • Steph Routh, Oregon Walks July 12, 2013 at 10:19 am

    What a pleasure to work with you, Heather. Thank you for your work with WTA. Looking forward to your leadership of Washington Park TMA!

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  • Todd Boulanger July 12, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Zoobombers should send her flowers of welcome to the neighbourhood. ;-)

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  • Dan Kaempff - Metro July 12, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    The Wash. Park TMA is in fine hands indeed with Heather leading their efforts. We’re excited about working with her!

    One slight refinement to the story, if I may. While Metro is indeed a designated pass-through entity for distributing Federal transportation funds, it’s probably more accurate to say that both the Wash. Pk. and WTA TMAs were awarded two-year Regional Travel Options grants through a competitive process, and are thereby sub-recipients of the Federal funds.


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  • Kevin Wagoner July 12, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    I met Heather when she worked with Lloyd TMA. I thought she did an awesome job there. Congrats to her, this is cool.

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  • Rebecca July 13, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Fantastic news for Portland. Feeling pretty optimistic about the new leadership around our city!

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  • sarah angell July 16, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Congratulations to Heather! The WTA flourished under her stewardship as will the Washington Park TMA. Best of luck to her!

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