(1) The 1992 Washington State Commute Trip (CTR) Reduction Law, codified as RCW 70.94.521-551, amended in 1997, requires local governments to adopt ordinances requiring major employers to implement CTR programs.
(2) The Washington State CTR Task Force provides guidelines to local governments on implementation policies and procedures which are aimed at ensuring consistency among local governments.
(3) Reducing commuter vehicle miles traveled (VMTs) and the proportion of single-occupant vehicle (SOV) trips will help mitigate poor levels of service (LOS) on countywide arterials and at urban intersections.
(4) Reductions in traffic congestion and the excessive VMTs associated with commuter SOV use will help mitigate detrimental levels of petroleum fuel consumption, air pollution and noise.
(5) Employers at major employment sites have significant opportunities to encourage and support commuter travel by transit, carpools, vanpools, and pedestrian and bicycle modes, while at the same time discouraging SOV use.
(6) Snohomish County (county) recognizes the importance of increasing individual citizen’s awareness of air quality, energy consumption, and traffic congestion, and the contribution individual actions can make towards addressing these issues.
(7) The county recognizes that the goals of CTR will not be met without supportive land use development and major public investment in infrastructure (e.g., high-occupancy vehicle lanes, bicycle lanes, pedestrian facilities, park and pool lots, bus shelters, etc.) and transit (i.e., capital expenditures on buses and vans as well as revenue streams to subsidize operations). (Added by Ord. 92-163, Feb. 24, 1993; Amended by Ord. 99-018 § 1, Mar. 24, 1999, Eff date Apr. 5, 1999).