The Thurston Regional Planning Council is bolstering its online tools to reduce commute trips — which helps save workers time and money while reducing automobile pollution and congestion.
TRPC administers the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) program for Thurston County worksites that are affected by Washington’s CTR Law. The law affects about 200 worksites, including all state government agencies in the urban growth areas of Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater.
Each CTR worksite has an Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC) who is responsible for implementing CTR at the worksite. TRPC offers CTR “Basic Training” for new ETCs, and holds quarterly networking sessions — both of which are well attended. New web tools are enhancing TRPC’s work.
In 2017, TRPC rebranded its ThurstonCommutes.org website. The website provides ETCs with basic information on a wide variety of CTR topics, from meeting requirements to stay compliant with the law, such as submitting annual reports and the biennial CTR survey of employees, to promoting CTR at the worksite through subsidies and incentives, promotions, CTR supportive amenities, and other means. New online resources include:
Also in 2017, TRPC redesigned and updated its popular ThurstonHereToThere.org website, which connects people to travel resources available throughout the Thurston Region and beyond (buses, carpools, trains, and more). The updated website features pages geared toward various community groups, including a page for State employees.
Collectively, the online and in-person engagement activities are helping the Thurston Region achieve several Sustainable Thurston goals, including, reducing transportation congestion and environmental impacts [Goal T-2], as well as reducing the region’s carbon footprint [Goal E-2] and air pollution [Goal E-1].