Choosing an alternative mode of transportation to work reduces congestion on roads and decreases greenhouse gas emissions. Alternative modes of transportation include:
Carpool and vanpool
Bus and public transportation
Walking and biking
Teleworking, flexible work weeks, and working from home
What are we measuring?
Percent of commute trips that are not drive alone.
The percent of drive-alone commute trips has remained around 78% since 1990. Some modes have increased their share, such as working from home, while other have decreased, such as carpooling.
The 1991 Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) law commits Washington State to reduce drive-alone commute trips. The law applies to all employers — including public and private — that have 100 or more “affected” employees who work at a single worksite, and to all state agencies in the urban growth areas of Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater. “Affected employees” are permanent employees who work 35 or more hours per week, and arrive between 6 and 9 a.m. The law requires that these worksites implement a CTR program to encourage workers to drive alone less by riding the bus, walking or bicycling, taking a carpool or vanpool, teleworking, or working a compressed work week.
TRPC facilitates training and networking sessions for worksite Employee Transportation Coordinators (ETCs). TRPC also maintains two websites in support of CTR: ThurstonCommutes.org is geared toward ETCs and the other, ThurstonHereToThere.org, is for both the general public and CTR worksite employees who need transportation related information.