City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

Title 15
Chapter 15.01
Section 15.01.410

Title 15 Environmental Stewardship

Chapter 15.01 Commute Trip Reduction

Article I. Definitions

Section 15.01.410 CTR – Program Mandatory Elements

Affected employers shall review their program and submit a yearly progress report to the City of Spokane or its contractor in accordance with the format provided.

  1. The CTR program description outlines the strategies to be undertaken by an employer to achieve the CTR goals for the reporting period. Employers are encouraged to consider innovative strategies and combine program elements in a manner that will best suit their location, site characteristics, business type, and employees’ commuting needs. Employers are further encouraged to cooperate with each other to implement program elements.
  1. At a minimum the employer’s CTR report and description must include:
    1. general description of the employment site location, transportation characteristics, employees’ parking availability, on-site amenities, and surrounding services;
    1. the number of employees affected by the CTR program and the total number of employees on the site;
    1. documentation of compliance with the mandatory CTR program elements listed by SMC 15.01.520;
    1. description of the additional elements included in the employer’s CTR program, as described in SMC 15.01.560; and
    1. a statement of organizational commitment to provide appropriate resources to the program to meet the employer’s established goals.
  1. Transportation Coordinator.

The employer shall designate an employee transportation coordinator (ETC) to administer the CTR program.

    1. The ETC and/or designee’s name, location, and telephone number must be displayed prominently at each affected worksite.
    1. The ETC shall oversee all elements of the employer’s CTR program and act as liaison between the employer and the City or its contractor.
    1. The objective is to have an effective ETC presence at each worksite.
    1. An employer with multiple worksites may have one ETC for all sites.
    1. The ETC must complete the basic ETC training course within six months of assuming the status of designated transportation coordinator.
  1. Information Distribution.

Information about alternatives to drive-alone commuting as well as a summary of the employer’s CTR program shall be provided to employees at least once a year and to new employees at the time of hire. A summary of the employer’s distributed information on CTR shall also be submitted to the City or its contractor with the employer program description and regular report.

  1. Additional Program Elements.

In addition to the specific CTR program elements described above, an employer’s CTR program shall include additional elements needed to meet CTR goals. These elements may include, but are not limited to, two or more of the following:

    1. Provision of preferential parking or reduced parking charges, or both, for high-occupancy vehicles.
    1. Instituting or increasing parking charges for drive-alone commuters.
    1. Provision of commuter ride-matching services to facilitate employee ride-sharing for commute trips when combined with personalized ETC assistance.
    1. Provision of subsidies for transit fares.
    1. Provision of vans for vanpools.
    1. Provision of subsidies for carpools and vanpools, walking, bicycling, teleworking, or compressed schedules.
    1. Provision of incentives for employees that do not drive alone to work.
    1. Permitting the use of the employer’s vehicles for carpooling and vanpooling.
    1. Permitting flexible work schedules to facilitate employees’ use of transit, carpools, and vanpools.
    1. Cooperation with transportation providers to provide additional regular or express service to the worksite.
    1. Construction of special loading and unloading facilities for transit, carpool, and vanpool users.
    1. Provision of bicycle parking facilities, lockers, changing areas, and showers for employees who bicycle or walk to work.
    1. Provision of a program of parking incentives such as a rebate for employees who do not use the parking facilities.
    1. Establishment of a program to permit employees to work part- or full-time at home or at an alternative worksite closer to their homes which reduces commute trips.
    1. Establishment of a program of alternative work schedules, such as a compressed work week, which reduce commute trips;
    1. Implementation of other measures designed to facilitate the use of high-occupancy vehicles, such as guaranteed ride home emergency services, on-site day-care facilities, emergency taxi services, or guaranteed ride home programs;
    1. Charging employees for parking and/or the elimination of free parking;
    1. Installing pedestrian or bicycle infrastructure such as sidewalks and bicycle lanes along the work site street frontage; and
    1. Other measures that the employer believes will reduce the number and length or commute trips made to the site.
  1. Record Keeping.

Affected employers shall maintain a copy of their approved CTR program description and report, their CTR program employee questionnaire results, and all supporting documentation for the description and assertions made in any CTR report for a minimum of forty-eight months. The City or its contractor and the employer shall agree on the record-keeping requirements as part of the accepted CTR program.

Date Passed: Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Effective Date: Thursday, July 8, 2010

ORD C34599 Section 48