Commute Trip Reduction Programs

Employers subject to Washington State’s Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) law must develop and implement a CTR program. The goal of a CTR program is to encourage employees to find alternatives to driving themselves alone to work. Your program will be designed and run by you, and will reflect your industry, region, and organizational culture.

CTR Requirements

Employer Program Development

The Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Efficiency Act is a state law focused on improving air quality, reducing traffic congestion, and minimizing energy consumption. The Act requires affected worksites to develop employer-based programs that encourage employees to find alternatives to driving alone.
The CTR Efficiency Act applies to all employers, both public (i.e. federal, state and local governments, and the military) and private, that have 100 or more “affected” employees who work at a single worksite.  “Affected” employees are those who work 35+ hours a week and are scheduled to begin work between the hours of 6 – 9 a.m. on two or more weekdays for at least twelve continuous months.

Required Employer Program Elements

Employer programs are required to do the following:

  • Develop a mix of elements that encourage employees to use commute options
  • Appoint an engaged Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC)
  • Ensure the ETC attends Basic ETC Training
  • Distribute information quarterly
  • Distribution of information at new hire orientation
  • Hold at least one transportation event a year (in-person or virtual)
  • Promote the Guaranteed Ride Home program
  • Submit a Biennial Report
  • Survey every two years: CTR Survey Tool website

Biennial Reporting Process

Employers located in Kitsap County are required to report on their efforts through a Biennial Report. The report is now managed through the CTR Survey Tool website. Training is provided on how to complete the online Biennial Report.

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