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What is the Eastside Transportation Association (ETA)?
What is the mission of the ETA?

And how would you propose that these improvements be paid for?
What are some products of ETA's work?
 

Frequently Asked Questions

  Who belongs to the ETA?
  What are the core principles and philosophy of ETA?
  What does the ETA do to actualize its philosophy?
  What happens at ETA meetings?

  When and where are ETA meetings held? 

What is the Eastside Transportation Association (ETA)?

ETA is a private-sector group dedicated to improving our quality of life and the environment by reducing congestion in the Puget Sound Region through increased mobility.

Who belongs to the ETA?

Our membership includes concerned citizens, business representatives, and transportation professionals from the east side of Lake Washington.

What is the mission of the ETA?

We strive to bring a degree of objectivity and simplification to the political decision-making process for defining, selecting and funding transportation projects for design and implementation.  See more on our mission below.

          ETA board of directors meeting, February 2007          

 

What are the core principles and philosophy of ETA?

We support development of policies that encourage each mode of transportation to operate efficiently and economically within its market share while meeting demand.  We want to insure that all transportation projects are done in an environmentally sensitive manner and that transportation projects are seen as the vehicle to correct many of our environmental problems of the past. 

Finally we want to avoid using costly transportation projects in order to try to change or influence human behavior.  Rather we support the development of a transportation system to support increased efficiency, productivity and quality of life by allowing us choices to go where we want to go, how we want to go, when we want to go and with whom we want to go.

And how would you propose that these improvements be paid for?

We recognize that State funding must be uniform and therefore its capabilities are limited by the economies of our rural areas.  Therefore, our State funding foundation must be supplemented by regional funding to meet the growth demands of our three county region of King, Pierce, and Snohomish. 

This region is the economic engine of the state and has the wealth to afford continued growth and development.  We seek ways to reduce project costs in order to have money to build other needed projects.  We support financing plans that relate the use of the system and the benefits of its expansion to meet the costs. 

Although we recognize that capital costs of a transportation system may initially need to be subsidized by general taxes, we believe that the operational costs of any transportation system should ultimately be born by its users.   We work to find financing solutions that meet these criteria and oppose financing schemes that subsidize the operational costs of travel at general taxpayers expense.


ETA members (left to right) George Kargianis, Jim Horn, and Dick Paylor planning a meeting with the Washington State Attorney General in August 2006.

What does the ETA do to actualize its philosophy?

Many of our members are transportation engineers or other analytical and design-oriented professionals. They conduct research -- collect and analyze data, interpret and make judgments as to its meaning, and formulate conclusions and recommendations bearing on public policy.

We are first and foremost working to improve the understanding of the interaction between density of the region and market share for various modes of transportation.

Our research brings more quantitative rigor and objectivity to transportation planning, which should be based on performance objectives rather than on preconceptions and ideology. For example, we avoid using terms like "modal balance" and "transportation choices," which are imprecise and can lead to poor decisions.

 

What are some products of ETA's work?

We prepare many letters to public officials on key issues, for example:

  • What you need to know about HOT Lanes
     

  • Raising revenue the right way
     

  • The war on cars

  

 

ETA’s Mission

ETA believes there are clear transportation choices that will allow us to go where we want to go, how we want to go, and when we want to go. We are a private-sector group whose membership includes concerned citizens, business representatives and transportation professionals who are dedicated to making these choices happen.

Our goal is to bring objectivity and simplification to the political decision-making process to define, select, fund and implement transportation projects. We support policies that encourage each mode of transportation to operate efficiently and economically to meet growing demands.

Rather than using costly transportation projects to try to change or influence human behavior, we want to develop a transportation system that supports increased efficiency, productivity and quality of life.

Finally, ETA recognizes that state funding must be uniform and is limited by the economies of rural areas. We believe, therefore, that state dollars must be supplemented by regional funding to meet the growth demands of the three-county region of King, Pierce, and Snohomish.

 

What happens at ETA meetings? 

We have speakers who make presentations, answer questions, and engage in discussion with members. Recent speakers have included:

  • Jim MacIsaac, ETA Board Member

  • King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski

  • Lorena Eng, P.E., Regional Administrator, Northwest Region, WSDOT

  • Todd Myers, Director of the Center for the Environment, Washington Policy Center

  • John Stilin, Bellevue Councilmember and Chair, Eastside Transportation Partnership (ETP),

  • Dan Mathis & Rick Krochalis from USDOT

  • Ted Trepanier, Director of Product Management, Inrix, Inc.

  • Mark Hallenbeck, University of Washington TRAC Director

  • Ron Posthuma, Move King County Now campaign &
    Dick Paylor, Opposition campaign

  • Steve Marshall, Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Transportation and Energy Solutions

  • Mike Ennis, Director of The Center for Transportation at Washington Policy Center

  • Tiffany Couch, Principal, Acuity Group

  • Tom Albro, President of the Seattle Port Commission

  • Kevin Desmond, King County Metro Transit

  • Bryan Mistele, President, INRIX Corporation

  • Doug Engle and Kathy Cox, Eastside Community Rail, LLC 

  • Neil Strege, Vice President of the Washington Roundtable

  • Paula Hammond, Secretary of Transportation

  • Jeff Buxbaum and Jaimison Sloboden of Cambridge Systematics, Inc.

  • Franz Loewenherz, Senior Transportation Planner with the City of Bellevue

  • Craig Stone, Director of WSDOT's Toll Division

  • Bill Bryant, Port Commissioner

  • John Niles, President of Global Telematics

  • Former State Senator Jim Horn & Will Knedlik

  • Bellevue Councilmember Kevin Wallace

  • Rob McKenna - Washington State Attorney General

  • Professor Scott Rutherford, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Univ of WA

  • Senator Andy Hill, 45th Legislative District (Redmond)

  • Ted Trepanier, Executive Director, Public Sector of Inrix, Inc.

  • Kevin O'Neill and Emil King, City of Bellevue  

  • Senator Steve Litzow (41st), member of the Senate Transportation Committee

  • Senator Joe Fain (47th), Deputy Republican Leader of the Senate Transportation Committee

  • Representative Judy Clibborn, 41st District, Chair of the House Transportation Committee

  • Jim Stanton, Senior Community Affairs Manager with Microsoft

  • Reema Griffith, Executive Director of the Washington Transportation Commission

When and where are ETA meetings held?

The ETA monthly general membership meetings are generally held on the third Wednesday of the month at 8:00 AM at
 
Master Builders Association
335 116th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA
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