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Pre Tax Commuter Benefit Toolkit

An introduction to pre-tax commuter benefi ts that your company can off er. These benefi ts can save your business money and help you retain a competitive workforce.

2019 Mode Split Study Infographics

2019 Mode Split Study Report

2019 Mode Split Study Press Release

ETC Commute Trip Reduction Training Presentation

A basic introduction to the Commute Trip Reduction program for Employee Transportation Coordinators.

Commute Trip Reduction New Site Outreach Flyer

An overview of the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) program and how to comply.

Seattle Commuter Benefits Ordinance Overview

Seattle's Commuter Benefits Ordinance launched in January 2020. Learn how to comply.

CTR Tableau Dashboard Release

A new interactive tool allowing employers affected by the state’s Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) law to visualize their employees’ commuting patterns online.

CTR Champions Awards

Commute Trip Reduction Champions Press Release 2019

Commute Seattle and Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) hosted their fifth annual Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Champions celebration, themed “Rapid Change, Great Opportunity,” to celebrate Seattle employers who have made significant investments in commuter benefits during the Seattle Squeeze.

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Transportation Benefits Toolkit

Comprehensive toolkit for employers and property managers covering regulations, how to create a transportation program, what are the elements of a successful transportation program, and how to communicate and market a transportation program.

Property Manager Toolkit 2019

Feet First Walk to Work Handbook

A How-To Guide for Creating an Employer Walking Program

Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Overview

In 1991, the Washington State Legislature passed the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Law requiring employers to work with employees to reduce the number and length of drive-alone commute trips made to the their worksite. This overview explains the law, why it works and what is required.

Parking Pricing Primer

An introduction to parking pricing including parking cash-outs from the Federal Highway Administration.

Parking Management Toolkit

Details some of the best ways to reduce your DAR

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Parking Management Handout

Parking management overview and best practices

Commuter Trip Reduction (CTR) Seattle Program

In 1991, the Washington State Legislature passed the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Law requiring employers to work with employees to reduce the number and length of drive-alone commute trips made to the their worksite. These pages summarize Seattle specific CTR programming and how it serves worksites by neighborhood/network.

2017 Center City Commuter Mode Split Survey

Full report prepared by EMC Research

Transportation Benefits Toolkit Chapter 1: Commute Trip Reduction Basic Information

Chapter One of a comprehensive toolkit for employers and property managers covering regulations, how to create a transportation program, what are the elements of a successful transportation program, and how to communicate and market a transportation program.

Transportation Benefits Toolkit Chapter 2: Transportation Program Creation & Implementation

Chapter Two of a comprehensive toolkit for employers and property managers covering regulations, how to create a transportation program, what are the elements of a successful transportation program, and how to communicate and market a transportation program.

Transportation Benefits Toolkit Chapter 3: Transportation Program Elements

Chapter Three of a comprehensive toolkit for employers and property managers covering regulations, how to create a transportation program, what are the elements of a successful transportation program, and how to communicate and market a transportation program.

Transportation Benefits Toolkit Chapter 4: Communications & Marketing

Chapter Four of a comprehensive toolkit for employers and property managers covering regulations, how to create a transportation program, what are the elements of a successful transportation program, and how to communicate and market a transportation program.

Introduction to Transportation Demand Management (TDM)

TDM is the general term for strategies that increase the overall efficiency of our roadways by encouraging fewer trips in single occupancy vehicles. TDM seeks to reduce these drive alone trips by increasing travel options available to individuals by providing information and incentives to encourage people to change their behavior.

Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Survey

A survey completed by employees at CTR-affected work sites. Employees answer questions about how they commute. Responses are aggregated and measure progress towards work site Drive Alone Rate reduction goals.

Recommended Transportation Program Elements

What does Commute Seattle recommend for a transportation benefits program? We get asked that question a lot. And there never is a short answer. We attemtp to summarize the basics of a successful transportation program on these pages.

Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Program Report

A standard report completed by CTR-affected worksites that describes transportation programming and amenities, especially the actions taken to promote alternative commute modes (i.e., non-drive alone).

TMPs, MUPs, MIMPs, LEED

An introduction to Transportation Management Programs (TMPs), Master Use Permits (MUPs), and Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

Employee Incentives

An incentive is anything that motivates someone to take a particular action, especially a desired, premeditated action.

Transportation Fairs & Other Events

Similar to, and often combined with wellness or benefits fairs, transportation fairs are a great way to provide your employees with the latest commuter information. They often include information on transit service changes, new tools and technologies, new services such as iCarpool or carsharing services, and much more.

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New Employee Orientation

New employee onboarding is a structured process where a new employee learns the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in their new position.

Posting Program Information

A Program Summary is any communication piece used to share transportation options with your employees. Examples include a PDF, physical flyer, or intranet site.

Individual Behavior Change

Just as it sounds, behavior change is the term used to describe the steps and processes, both emotional and logistic, that a person experiences when trying something new. A common example would be when an employee tries bicycling to work for the first time.

Subsidies and Reimbursements

A subsidy is a broad term for financial support provided by an employer to offset the costs of any commute mode. A subsidy is provided before the employee makes the purchase to use a commute mode. A reimbursement is the same as a subsidy, but provided to the employee after the purchase is made.

Flex Schedule & CWW

Employers can increase productivity and morale by offering flexible “flex” schedules and /or compressed work week (CWW) programs.

Telework

Teleworking (i.e., telecommuting, remote work) allows employees to work from a remote location, whether at home or satellite office, within the framework and expectations described in standard policies.

Walking

Employer walking programs provide structure and encouragement for walking commutes, combining walking with transit, or incorporating walking into meetings and daily routines in the office.

Bicycle

Compared to the hundreds of dollars a month investment needed to provide parking spaces for employee vehicles, bicycle parking is a cost-effective and healthy investment in your employees and your company. Currently about 3% of employees bike to work, but this number is growing rapidly.

Free Ride Home

Free Ride Home (also known as Guaranteed Ride Home or Home Free Guarantee) programs provide employees with a direct trip home in case of an emergency. These programs further encourage employees to use transit and other alternative commutes by easing anxiety over transportation needs in case of one-off emergencies.

Carpooling

Both formal and informal carpools are a great way for employees to reduce the cost and stress of commuting. Carpooling gives drivers access to the HOV lanes on I-5 and 405, reduces the cost of parking, and is good for the environment. For businesses, carpooling saves money and increases teamwork across departments and team.

Vanpool/Vanshare/Company Shuttle

The fact of the matter is not every employee will be able to take transit to work. For employees who lack direct or frequent transit service vanpool, vanshare, or a company shuttle may be a great option. If your company offers ORCA Business Passport the deal is even better, since the ORCA card will cover a vanpool or vanshare fare!

Transit

Employer transit programs provide tools, resources, and subsidies to encourage employees to use various modes of transit to get to work. In Seattle, these transit modes include bus, streetcar, light rail, and train.

Utilizing Peer Support

Your fellow Employee Transportation Coordinators (ETCs) are an invaluable resource for you while implementing CTR programming and expanding your transportation benefits. They have experience working with management to implement change, know the unique challenges of your industry, and can simply give you someone to bounce a few ideas off of.

Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC) Job Description

The CTR Law requires affected employers to appoint an Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC) to implement, promote and administer the CTR Program on an on-going basis. Our experience with nearly 600 organizations affected by the CTR Law has shown that selecting the appropriate staff is critical to the success of your program. While an ETC can be found at any level or in any department in your organization, the following list considers the factors that can affect your ETC’s success.

Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Champions

Employer investments in transportation programs, benefits, and amenities continue to produce real results that reduce congestion and improve commerce and quality of life in Seattle. The CTR Champions program recognizes employers who achieve progress towards reducing their drive alone rates, provide innovative and comprehensive commuter programs to their employees, and show high levels of engagement with the program and their peers.

Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Law

In 1991, the Washington State Legislature passed the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Law requiring employers to work with employees to reduce the number and length of drive-alone commute trips made to the their worksite. These pages summarize the regulations and provides links to Seattle Municipal Code Chapter 25.02, Washington State Commute Trip Reducation Law, and the Federal Clean Air Act.

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Webinar: Bike Commuting 101

Get great information on urban riding techniques, staying dry in wet weather, picking a safe route, gearing up for safety and more!

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Webinar: Taxes and Transportation

Learn how employers and commuters can take advantage of commuter benefit programs to save on federal and state taxes, increase employee spending power, and make commuting to work more affordable, convenient and sustainable.

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