Commute Trip Reduction

Are you a company with 100 or more employees at a single worksite scheduled to begin work between 6 am and 9 am? If so, this information may be important to you!

The Commute Trip Reduction Law

An Important Tool for Reducing Drive-Alone Travel

In 1991, the State of Washington adopted the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Law, which required cities in the most populous counties of our State to develop and implement a CTR ordinance. In 2006, the CTR law was updated through the Commute Trip Reduction Efficiency Act, which refocuses efforts to cities along congested corridors.

As part of the updated law, the City of Bellevue updated its local CTR Plan and Ordinance in early 2008.

Is my company affected by the CTR Law?

Affected are all private, public, or non-profit employers with 100 or more full-time employees (working least 35 hours per week for 12 continuous months) at a single worksite who are scheduled to begin work between 6 am - 9 am on two or more weekdays. A checklist is available to help you determine whether your company is affected. For more information see the City's CTR Ordinance.

What is required of these employers affected by the CTR Law?

If your company falls within the parameters above, you are required to notify the City by calling (425) 452-7896. Then, your company is required to develop and implement an employee commute program to reduce the number and length of drive-alone commute trips made to the site. Additionally, you must:

  • Designate an employee transportation coordinator to administer the program;
  • Distribute information to employees about alternatives to drive-alone commuting;
  • Conduct an employee survey to measure drive-alone commuting and vehicle miles traveled at least once every two years;
  • Make a good-faith effort to meet goals and include additional program elements as needed; and
  • File regular progress reports with the City.

Will the City of Bellevue assist my company to develop a program?

The City of Bellevue is excited to help your company develop its commute program. If your organization is affected by the CTR Law, it is eligible for free technical assistance, including: employee surveys, site analysis, program development, training, program implementation and promotions and program evaluation. In addition, your organization may be eligible for tax credits to offset the cost of your investment.

Let's work together… to reduce commute trips

The City of Bellevue has worked with CTR-affected employers for twenty years. Together, we have made significant progress in developing and implementing programs that offer employees more and better commute choices and, as a result, take cars off our roadways. From 1993 to 2012, CTR-affected employers in Bellevue have lowered their drive-alone rate by 10 percentage points, from 74% to 64%!

To discuss your organization's status or the requirements of the CTR Law:

Contact the City of Bellevue's Commute Trip Reduction Coordinator, Kate Johnson, at 425-452-7896 or

Not legally bound by the CTR law and in Downtown Bellevue?

Your company can still gain assistance through Commute Advantage. Commute Advantage is a program facilitated by TransManage, the transportation service of the Bellevue Downtown Association, and provides to employers free workshops, assistance with setting up commute benefits programs, staffing for employee events, and more. To learn more, click here or contact TransManage at (425) 453-0644 or

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Facts About CTR Sites

  • Bellevue has about 57 CTR-affected employers with 34,000 employees
  • CTR worksites represent just about 1% of Bellevue's employers, but about 24% of its workforce
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