Commute Trip Reduction

Help your employees breathe easier.

The goal of the Commute Trip Reduction program is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Changing commuter behavior through employer-based programs should decrease the number of commute trips made by people driving alone.

In 1991 the Washington State Legislature passed the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Law as part of the Washington Clean Air Act and the Washington State Transportation Demand Management strategy.

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

Program Requirements

If your business is located in an urban growth area and has 100 or more employees reporting to work from 6 to 9 am twice a week, it could be affected by the Commute Trip Reduction Program.

If you have more than one worksite, you’ll need to determine which ones are affected. You may have one that is affected by the law and one that isn’t.

Business Benefits

Employers of the Commute Trip Reduction Program get to take advantage of added tax incentives improving their bottom line.  Their employees are usually happier and more productive.

Program Elements

The state has created program elements to achieve Commute Trip Reduction goals.  Implementation of at least two state-required “program elements” must be a part of your program. 

Employee Transportation Coordinator

One of the most critical elements of your company’s CTR program is the person selected to perform the role of Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC).

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, the ETC is usually a member of the human resources department. Make sure your ETC has an interest in alternative commuting, an ability to work with other employees and can manage the elements of a worksite CTR program.

Should your worksite participate in the CTR program?

  • Is the worksite located in the Cities of Vancouver, Washougal, Camas, or Unincorporated Clark County?
  • Are there 100+ employees who report to work between 6 and 9 am and work at least 35 hours a week each month?

If so,  your employer worksite may be affected by the CTR law.   Reach out to the Commute Trip Reduction office to determine if your worksite is affected,  email, or call us at 360-487-7733.