Transportation is a key issue for economic development and livability. Mountlake Terrace participates with the Washington State Department of Transportation, Snohomish County, transit agencies, and other cities to promote transportation efficiency, walkability, and to reduce commute trips locally and in the region.
A commute trip reduction program seeks to reduce drive-alone trips and distances traveled. By state law, RCW 70.94.527, any employer with 100 or more employees who arrive between 6:00 am and 9:00 am on weekdays is to develop and implement a Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) plan. Such employers are defined as "affected" or "major" employers.
Any county or jurisdiction with an "affected" or "major" employer must have a CTR plan. In the City of Mountlake Terrace, there are currently three major employers. The City is one of the major employers.
The City of Mountlake Terrace is responsible to develop and adopt a CTR Plan that applies citywide (and to itself). The City's current CRT Plan was adopted in 2009.
2017 Update of the Commute Trip Reduction Plan
The Commute Trip Reduction Plan is periodically reviewed and updated to ensure consistency with changes in state law and successful implementation strategies.
The City's Plan is due for an update to reflect changes made by the Washington State Commute Trip Reduction Board ("Board") in 2015. The updated Plan would be in effective between 2017-2019.
A draft Commute Trip Reduction Plan has been prepared. The proposed update to the CTR plan will be reviewed by the City Council at upcoming meetings in February 2017. The City Council's agenda can be viewed HERE.
Implementation of the CTR Plan is accomplished by adopting the Plan and adopting regulations to accomplish the Plan's objectives. The Plan and regulations are adopted by ordinance and codified as Chapter 10.15 MTMC. The proposed revisions to the regulations can be viewed HERE.
The next update to the Commute Trip Reduction Plan will be in 2019.