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Commute Trip Reduction Policy Framework

A woman beginning her bicycle commute

The Washington State Legislature passed the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Law in 1991 with goals to improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion, and reduce fuel consumption through employer-based programs that encourage the use of alternatives to driving alone. By creating the CTR program, the Legislature recognized that employers have a significant role and interest in transportation success.

In 2006, the CTR Efficiency Act (pdf 122 kb) built upon this established employer role and expanded responsibility for program success to local governments who work with employers and make broad economic investment decisions. Local CTR plans and programs are now expected to be integrated with local land use and transportation plans to align policies and investments.

The CTR Board, local jurisdictions, regional transportation planning organizations, transit agencies and employers helped to craft the program's requirements as mandated by the state law, including:

  • RCW 47.04.170: Designates WSDOT the responsible agency to work with the federal government to support transit, specialized transportation and ridesharing programs.
  • RCW 47.06: Defines WSDOT's planning role and calls for a statewide transportation policy and multimodal transportation plans and outlines the plan requirements.

State CTR law
TDM- Requirements for counties and cities
TDM- Growth and Transportation Efficiency Centers
TDM- Requirements for employers
TDM- Jurisdictions' review and penalties
TDM- Commute Trip Reduction Board
TDM- Technical assistance
TDM- Use of funds
TDM- Collective bargaining powers unaffected

State agency CTR law
TDM- Intent/state leadership
TDM- State agencies/joint comprehensive CTR plan reports
CTR- Parking revenue/definitions
CTR- Parking revenue/state vehicle parking account
CTR- Use of public funds
CTR- Higher education institutions/exemption
CTR- Institutions of higher education/exemption

CTR rules
Background and purpose
Program goals and measurement
Local CTR plan
Regional CTR plan
Growth and Transportation Efficiency Centers

CTR tax credit law
Tax credit authorized
Application for tax credit
False statement in application/penalty
Tax credit limitations
Fund transfer
CTR- Task Force report


Keith Cotton -- Policy, Research & Analysis Manager