Commute Trip Reduction
In an effort to reduce congestion on highways and local streets, the state supports programs that lower the number of cars, particularly those with one occupant, on the roads during peak travel periods.
The City of Bellevue is required by the state to maintain a Commute Trip Reduction plan, which is focused on employers citywide with 100 or more full-time employees. The most recent 2015-2019 update to the plan was adopted in September 2015. By state and city law, (listed under the following Bellevue City Code: 14.40.080 Schedule and process for CTR program review, reports, and implementation) certain employers with 100 or more employees must provide Commute Trip Reduction programs. Choose Your Way Bellevue offers details to help employers draft CTR programs, and provides information about travel options in Bellevue.
As of May 2015, there were 57 Bellevue worksites with 36,200 workers affected by this program, approximately 27 percent of all workers in the city. From 1993 to 2014, CTR-affected employers in Bellevue citywide have lowered their commute trip single-occupancy vehicle rate from approximately 74 percent to 62 percent. CTR employers downtown reduced their drive-alone rate from 67 percent to 50 percent, and those elsewhere in the city reduced their rate from 79 percent to 72 percent.
This reduction in the rate of drive-alone commuting is equivalent to removing 2,200 vehicles from the roadways each day, a line of cars five miles long.
The city’s CTR Implementation Guidelines provide additional details for implementation of the law in Bellevue.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I an Affected Employer?
The Washington State Department of Transportation offers detailed information about the Commute Trip Reduction Efficiency Act. For additional information, contact Kate Johnson (contact information in right column of this page).