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Regulations

How local laws affect you.How local laws affect you.

Regulations

Alternative commuting programs reduce traffic congestion, air pollution, and fuel consumption through employer-based programs that decrease the number of commute trips made by people driving alone. The city and state have some regulations you should be aware of.

CTR laws

The Washington State Legislature passed the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Law in 1991. The City of Kirkland adopted the law into the municipal code which is located in Chapter 7.06 under Commute Trip Reduction. Kirkland Ordinance 3352.

Is my business affected?

Employers are affected by the CTR Law if 100 or more full-time employees begin their workday between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. at least two days a week at a single worksite.

Can my company participate if we are not affected by the CTR Law?

Yes! The City of Kirkland encourages all Kirkland employers to participate in an alternative commuting program, regardless if you are required by law. Companies not affected by the law can have access to tools available to promote alternative commuting./p>

I am newly affected by CTR law. Now what do I do?

The CTR law requires employers that meet the definition of “affected employer” to identify themselves to the local city/county within 180 days of either moving into the boundaries of the jurisdiction or growing in employment to 100 or more employees.

Minimal requirements

CTR-affected employers are required to:

  • Assign an Employee Transportation Coordinator to manage the commute program
  • Survey employees every two years to assess progress toward CTR goals
  • Submit an annual employer program report (due each November 1)
  • Act in good faith to reduce drive-alone commute trips

Questions may be directed to Thang Nguyen at tnguyen@ci.kirkland.wa.us or 425.587.3869.

Transportation Management Plan (TMP)

Certain properties have agreed to create a Transportation Management Program (TMP) as a condition of their development. Each TMP contains a performance goal, survey, and reporting requirements, along with a set of elements to assist in achieving and maintaining the development’s performance level.

KGT can assist property owners, employers, and tenants within the City of Kirkland to meet basic TMP performance goals by providing program administration capabilities through the KGT system, starter incentives and subsidies, and marketing and other resource assistance.