Our Story

The Getting There Together Coalition was formed in 2017 in response to growing concerns that the greater Portland metropolitan region wasn’t adequately planning to build a comprehensive infrastructure and transportation system that worked for all. The Portland metropolitan region is an incredible place to live. But we also know that our region is a place of tremendous disparities in wealth, health, education, jobs, and access to services.

When we talk about building livable communities, we must mean “livable” for all — inclusive of all ages, abilities, races, incomes, and backgrounds. We envision a region in which everyone can live, work, play, pray, and thrive. It’s a region of communities where all of our neighbors have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of our success, and where we’re united in tackling our challenges — together.


Getting There Together is a multicultural, multigenerational coalition that centers and uplifts the voices and needs of people most impacted by transportation inequities through education, advocacy, access, and leadership. Our work is focused in the greater Portland region.


We envision a world where Black, Indigenous, people of color, youth, people with disabilities, older adults, and low-income communities have meaningful participation in the creation of an accessible, affordable, equitable, and climate-friendly transportation system.

Steering Committee

We are governed by a Steering Committee consisting of representatives from the following organizations:

  • 1000 Friends of Oregon
  • AARP Oregon
  • Coalition of Communities of Color
  • Community Cycling Center
  • Imagine Black
  • OPAL Environmental Justice
  • Oregon Walks
  • Safe Routes Partnership
  • The Street Trust
  • Unite Oregon
  • Verde