Commute Trip Reduction

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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. 

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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 and has been extended by the state to 2023. By state and city law (listed under Bellevue City Code 14.40), 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 December 2018, there were 58 affected worksites in Bellevue with 39,615 workers, approximately 29 percent of all workers in the city. From 1993 to 2018, Bellevue’s CTR-affected employers lowered the rate of people commuting by driving alone from approximately 76 percent to 61 percent. Downtown CTR employers reduced their drive-alone rate from 68 percent to 51 percent, and employers outside downtown reduced their rate from 81 percent to 74 percent. (Downtown performance is measured from 1995, the first cycle with reliable data for the downtown area.)

Citywide, these reductions correspond to nearly 3,100 vehicles removed from the daily commute, a line of cars roughly 8.3 miles long.

Drive alone trip rate for Bellevue CTR work sites

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.