Employer Program Development
The Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Efficiency Act is a state law focused on improving air quality, reducing traffic congestion, and minimizing energy consumption. The Act requires affected worksites to develop employer-based programs that encourage employees to find alternatives to driving alone.
The CTR Efficiency Act applies to all employers, both public (i.e. federal, state and local governments, and the military) and private, that have 100 or more “affected” employees who work at a single worksite. “Affected” employees are those who work 35+ hours a week and are scheduled to begin work between the hours of 6 – 9 a.m. on two or more weekdays for at least twelve continuous months.
Required Employer Program Elements
Employer programs are required to do the following:
- Develop a mix of elements that encourage employees to use commute options
- Appoint an engaged Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC)
- Ensure the ETC attends Basic ETC Training
- Distribute information monthly
- Distribution of information at new hire orientation
- Hold at least one transportation event a year
- Offer an Emergency Ride Home program
- Submit Quarterly Accomplishments Reports
- Submit an Annual Report
- Survey every two years
- Maintain all records for two years
Quarterly and Annual Reporting Process
Employers located in Pierce County are required to report on their efforts through Quarterly Accomplishment Reports and an Annual Report. Both forms are provided to the employer in an electronic format. Employers need to submit copies of their policy guidelines, brochures, and marketing materials with the reports. Training is provided every fall on how to complete the online Annual Report.
Each quarter to highlight the great things happening at different worksites and recognize the hard work that goes into promoting smart commutes, we personally recognize the efforts of Employee Transportation Coordinators.