Marko Liias is Policy Analyst with City of Mukilteo and has also served in the State of Washington Senate. Thus, he has a dual perspective on TDM, from both the local level and the state lawmaking level.
1. What brought you to TDM?
I have served as a state lawmaker for a decade and have been in the State Senate since 2014. As a policymaker, I have been interested in ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle congestion, so TDM has always made sense. We are fortunate in Washington that lawmakers had the foresight in 1991 to pass a visionary Commute Trip Reduction law, which has made a measurable difference in our state. As a transportation leader, I worked to expand the reach of tax credits to incentivize more businesses to actively participate in the program. I have also worked with our state CTR Board to develop a pilot program to expand TDM tools to non-commute trips. On top of my policy work (we have a part-time legislature), I began working as an employee transportation coordinator in 2014, and it has really given me a new sense of appreciation for the challenges of making TDM policies real at the ground level.
2. How did you get involved in ACT?
I heard about the organization through colleagues in TDM in the Seattle area, and I am excited to engage in the broader conversation taking place across the country.
3. What do you see as the future of TDM? Any specific challenges?
I think there are broad, societal challenges around the role of technology and the changing nature of work that will have a huge impact on TDM. It’s my hope that we embrace new technologies and use them wisely to have the maximum impact on clean air and reducing congestion in our urban areas.