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

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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 Bellevue City Code 14.40.080), 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 2016, there were 57 affected worksites in Bellevue with 38,868 workers, approximately 26 percent of all workers in the city. From 1993 to 2016, 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 52 percent, and employers outside downtown reduced their rate from 81 percent to 72 percent. (Downtown performance is measured from 1995, the first cycle with reliable data for the downtown area.)

Citywide, these reductions correspond to nearly 3,000 vehicles removed from the daily commute, a line of cars roughly 7.6 miles long.

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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 (425-452-7896 or kmjohnson@bellevuewa.gov).