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
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
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
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.
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:
Dan Mathis & Rick
Krochalis from USDOT
Ted Trepanier, Director of Product Management, Inrix, Inc.
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
Tiffany Couch, Principal, Acuity Group
Tom Albro, President of the Seattle Port
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,
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,
Kevin O'Neill and Emil King, City of
Senator Steve Litzow (41st),
member of the Senate Transportation
Senator Joe Fain (47th),
Deputy Republican Leader of the Senate Transportation Committee
Representative Judy Clibborn, 41st District, Chair of the House
Jim Stanton, Senior Community Affairs Manager with Microsoft
Reema Griffith, Executive Director of the Washington Transportation Commission