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.
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.
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.