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Commute Trip Reduction

The Washington State Legislature passed the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Efficiency Act (RCW 70.94.521) in 1991 to call on large employers (100+ employees), both public (federal, state and local governments, and military) and private, to encourage their workers to drive alone less often, reduce carbon emissions and keep the busiest commute routes flowing. In 2006 legislators passed the CTR Efficiency act. This act requires local governments in areas with traffic congestion to create services and programs that will help reduce single passenger trips and miles traveled. CTR has proven to be an effective tool for reducing congestion and facilitating public transportation services. By encouraging the public to use public services or alternating their traditional commute to decrease congestion makes transportation better and more efficient for the entire state.

In addition to statewide benefits, meeting the CTR goals will provide:

  • Reduced stress
  • Increased employee satisfaction
  • Improved productivity
  • Reduced demand for parking spaces
  • Expanded labor pool
  • Being recognized as an Environmentally Friendly Company
  • Attracting and keeping the best employees
  • Tax Breaks

CTR Law: Who’s Affected?

The CTR law was enacted in 1991 to improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion and minimize energy consumption. All employers with 100+ employees who work at a single worksite who report to work between the hours of 6:00am and 9:00am on two or more weekdays for at least 12 months. Only employers in the 9 largest populated counties are affected (Clark, King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane, Thurston, Whatcom, and Yakima.)

Employer Requirements

The affected jurisdiction is required to implement a local CTR ordinance. The employer is required to make a “Good Faith” effort to develop and implement a CTR program. They are required to:

  • Designate an ETC (Employee Transportation Coordinator)
  • Display the ETC name and contact information.
  • Implement a set of measurements geared towards CTR goals.
  • Survey employees every two years.
  • Produce an Annual Program Progress Report.
  • Make a “Good Faith” effort to meet CTR goals.

CTR Links

Follow some of the links below to discover additional information on CTR:

Transportation Demand Management
Commute Trip Reduction – WSDOT
Rideshare Online – tracking/calendaring your commute
Telework Toolkit – working remotely or from home
Washington State Rideshare Organization – Education and lobbying for CTR
Wheel Options – alternate access to ride share online – your ride, your way

Transit Authorities:
Pahto Public Passage
Union Gap Transit
Yakima Transit

Biking Groups:
Washington Bikes (WaBikes) bicycle advocacy group
Yakima Bikes and Walks (Facebook)

CTR Acronyms

MRTIP – Metropolitan/Regional Transportation Improvement Plan (4 year plan developed every year)

TAG – Technical Advisory Group: Consists of CTR Program Coordinators throughout the state, advises the CTR Board.