Requirements for the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Efficiency Act
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. Alternatives can include riding the bus or train, carpooling, vanpooling, biking, walking, working a compressed workweek or teleworking.
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WHAT DOES THE CTR ACT MEAN FOR BUSINESSES?
The law requires major employers to develop and implement an employee commute program to reduce the number and length of drive-alone commute trips made to the worksite.
The CTR Efficiency Act applies to 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. All “affected” employees are those who work 35 or more hours a week and are scheduled to begin work between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. on two or more weekdays for a position meant to last at least 12 continuous months.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIRED ELEMENTS FOR AN EMPLOYER TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM?
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
- Distribute 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
Ride Together Pierce can help your business implement these elements into your CTR program and transportation planning. Get in touch with us here to find out more.
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 sustainable commutes, we personally recognize the efforts of Employee Transportation Coordinators.