Part of: How Cities can Engage Organizations in Improving Urban Mobility

How Seattle carried out the elements of its TRO

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Goals: reduce traffic congestion, emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants, and energy consumption.   

Objectives: variable among the city’s eight regions, called ‘networks’

Type: performance-based (but the organizations must choose measures from a list with 18 options)

Applicability criteria: all companies with 100 or more employees

Incentives: annual awards give recognition to the best performing work sites (Commute Trip Reduction champions)

Penalties: none for not achieving objectives, $250 a day for noncompliance with the policy. This is the last resource used. Prior to that one-on-one assistances are conducted.

Requirements for participating organizations:

  • Designate a mobility coordinator.
  • Distribute the CTR program summary to employees at least twice a year and to each new employee.
  • Choose to implement at least 2 of the 18 options.
  • Submit a program report every two years.
  • Conduct a commuter habits survey every two years.
Target percentage caps on single-occupancy vehicle trips for each of the eight networks covered by Seattle’s Commute Trip Reduction ordinance. Source: Seattle Department of Transportation.