Lynn Peterson | An Island Press author

Lynn Peterson

Lynn Peterson is currently the Oregon Metro Council President, leading the nation’s only elected regional government, which oversees regional affordable housing, parks, tourism and cultural venues, garbage and recycling, and, of course transportation and land use planning. Prior to her current elected role, Lynn was the first elected Chair of Clackamas County Commission, and on the Lake Oswego City Council. She served as Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation for Governor Inslee, overseeing megaprojects including the Seattle Tunnel Project and the 520 Floating Bridge replacement, as well as the Washington State Ferries (third largest ferry system in the world) and Tolling System. She worked for Smart Growth America training State DOTs in Practical Design and Solutions, and served as the Senior Transportation Policy Advisor to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber. She has also served as Strategic Planning Manager for Portland's transit agency, TriMet, Transportation Advocate for 1000 Friends of Oregon, and owns her own transportation consulting business. Lynn holds advanced degrees in civil and environmental engineering and urban and regional planning.

Roadways for People by Lynn Peterson with Elizabeth Doerr | An Island Press book

Roadways for People

Rethinking Transportation Planning and Engineering

 “Seventy years of a car-only approach—not car-centric, it’s car-only—is actually not just non-driver hostile, it’s driver hostile. No one benefits.” —Beth Osborne, Director, Transportation for America

The car-only approach in transportation planning and engineering has led to the construction of roadways that have torn apart and devalued communities, especially Black and Brown communities.