Washington Commuting laws & HR compliance analysis

Washington Commuting: What you need to know

The Commuter Trip Reduction (CTR Law), part of theWashington Clean Air Act, requires “major employers” (i.e., those with 100 or more full-time (35 hours per week) employees at a single site who commute to work between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. 2 or more days per week) to establish programs aimed at reducing the commuting miles employees travel alone (WA Rev. Code Sec. 70.94.524et seq.).
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The CTR Law originally applied to cities or towns located in counties with populations of more than 150,000 people. The Act has been amended to focus on the state's most congested areas rather than on entire counties. These areas are defined in the statute and are designated as "urban growth areas." Jurisdictions that include an urban growth area are required to adopt a CTR plan and ordinance for major employers. Major employers with 100 or more employees must develop their own plans, submit them to the jurisdiction for review, and implement them within 90 days of approval by the jurisdiction. Employer programs should include at least:
• Designation of a transportation coordinator and posting the coordinator's name, location, and telephone number at each worksite
• Subsidized mass transit fares
• Distribution of information to employees concerning ridesharing alternatives
• Regular review of employee commuting and reports of progress toward meeting single-occupant vehicle reduction goals
Implementing the program may include:
• Preferential parking, reduced parking charges for high-occupancy vehicles, or special loading and unloading facilities for rideshare vehicles
• Increased parking charges for single-occupancy vehicles
• Use of employer vehicles for ridesharing
• Commuter ride matching services
• Providing vans, ...

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