Transportation Demand Management Plans & Activities
Bellevue's Transportation Demand Management program provides information, incentives, and opportunities to sample and keep using travel alternatives to driving alone.
Requirement-Based Plans and Activities
Commute Trip Reduction Law: Bellevue City Code (Chapter 14.40), in accordance with State law (RCW 70.94.521-551), requires employers with 100 or more full-time employees commuting to a worksite during peak hours (6-9 a.m.) to implement a Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) program. Through implementation of the program, employers work to achieve specified targets for reducing the number of drive-alone commute trips by their employees. The City contracts with King County Metro to perform implementation and outreach to affected employers. There are approximately 60 Bellevue worksites affected by CTR requirements.
Commute Trip Reduction Plan: In March 2006, the state legislature adopted a revised CTR law. While each employer's ongoing requirements essentially did not change, the revised law requires jurisdictions to update their CTR plans to establish new jurisdiction targets and to better integrate CTR into their comprehensive plans. The law also calls for coordinating CTR plans with regional growth management strategies. Bellevue's CTR plan (2.82 MB) was developed with close collaboration with employers and other jurisdictions, and was adopted by the City Council in March 2008 (Ordinance 5796).
Updates were adopted by Council for 2011-2015 and 2015-2019. Utilizing state-provided formats, the updates provide the current land use and transportation planning context, as well as updated strategies, for the City's program to implement the state CTR law.
Read more about the this program on the Commute Trip Reduction page.
Transportation Management Programs: Bellevue City Code (sections 14.60.070 and 14.60.080) requires real estate developments that meet certain size and land use thresholds to mitigate transportation impacts by implementing a Transportation Management Program (TMP). The TMP code requires that physical features be provided in the building (e.g., commuter information centers, preferential parking for vanpools and carpools) and that programmatic elements be provided to facilitate alternatives to driving alone, such as financial incentives for rideshare and transit commuters. Read more about this program on the Transportation Management Program page.
The City of Bellevue has had success with travel options programs over the years, guided by various planning activities. Past plans have included plans for downtown TDM activities as well as a citywide TDM plan developed in 2010.
The city's current 2015-2023 Transportation Demand Management Plan supersedes past TDM plans and guides the next phase of TDM work for all of Bellevue.
As part of plan development, in late 2014 the city conducted an online voluntary survey to gather community input; results are shown here.
The city's 2016 Transportation Demand Management Progress Report summarizes TDM programs, activities and results. This update follows creation of the first such report for 2014. The report is anticipated to be updated biennially.
The City periodically conducts research to guide its travel options programs. Completed research projects include the following:
- 2011 Downtown Individual Survey
- 2012 Downtown Bellevue Transportation Demand Management Focus Group Research
- 2012-13 Downtown Bellevue On The Move Commute Club Trip Reduction Analysis
- 2013 Downtown Commuter Parking Assessment
- 2014 Community Input Online Voluntary Survey Results
- 2017 Transportation Demand Management Attitudinal Research Study
- Commute Trip Reduction Vehicles Removed from Roadway Calculation 1993-2016
- Non-Commute Vehicles Removed From Roadway Calculation 2013-2015
- Workplace Commute Mode Shift with Introduction of Comprehensive Transit Pass Program 2017