Commute Trip Reduction
WSDOT partners with local governments, transit agencies, regional transportation planning organizations, employers, and others to provide commute options. CTR works primarily with larger employers and is focused on reducing commute trips.
- Nearly 1,200 worksites, with approximately 570,000 employees who commute each day, participate in the CTR program.
- The proportion of people who drove alone to work to CTR worksites declined 7.6% from 1993 to 2007 (from 70.9% in 1993 to 65.5% in 2007).
- Employees commuting to CTR worksites made nearly 26,000 fewer vehicle trips each weekday morning in 2007 than when they entered the program. If these trips were back on the system, delay could increase in the central by as much as 18%.
- CTR's target, a sum of the goals from all the cities implementing CTR, is 34,000 trips reduced in 2011.
Growth and Transportation Efficiency Center
The GTEC program, established in 2006, expands the state trip reduction travel market by working with smaller employers and addressing other trip purposes, such as errands and travel to school, to reduce single occupant vehicle commute trips.
- For example, 90% of the employers in downtown Bellevue have 20 or fewer employees. These employers are not covered by the CTR law, but the downtown Bellevue GTEC will work with these smaller employers.
- Baseline data is currently being collected for the state's ten functioning GTECs. Program goals will be set when this data is collected and analyzed.
- Initial feedback on the program’s impact has been positive.