Commute Trip Reduction Program

The Washington State Legislature passed the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Law in 1991, incorporating it into the Washington Clean Air Act.

The goals of the program are to reduce traffic congestion, reduce air pollution, and petroleum consumption through employer-based programs that decrease the number of commute trips made by people driving alone.

The legislature passed the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Efficiency Act (ESSB 6566) during the 2006 session. Reflective of the legislative changes, the CTR Program now has Rules to direct state, regional and local planning processes.


Program Requirements

The Washington State Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Efficiency Act (ESSB 6566) applies to all public (i.e. federal, state and local governments, and military) and private employers located within the affected urban growth areas that have 100 or more employees reporting to work at a single work site between 6-9am on at least two weekdays each week. A company may have more than one affected worksite, or may have some worksites that are affected and some that are not.


Business Benefits

Employers have found that providing commute choices to their employees improves their “bottom line.”  Tax breaks, improved productivity, reduced stress and happier employees sound good?  That’s just the beginning.


Program Elements

The CTR Law requires affected employers to implement a series of measures, or “program elements,” designed to achieve CTR goals. At least one strong program element must be included in the Employer’s Annual Report & Program Description.


Employee Transportation Coordinator

One of the most important elements of your company’s CTR program is the person selected to perform the role of Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC)—you!

An ETC can be found at any level or in any department in an organization. Since many of the functions of CTR relate to personnel management and employee benefits, in many cases an ETC is a member of the human resources department. Or, in some organizations ETCs work in facilities or parking management. What’s most important is the ETC’s interest in alternative commuting, and an ability to work with other employees and manage the elements of a worksite CTR program.