Parking, Transportation, and Visitor Center
WSU Spokane Parking Operations and Transportation Services
WSU Vancouver Finance and Operations
The Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Law seeks to identify and establish commute alternatives that could reduce employee single-occupant vehicle use. Reducing single occupant vehicle use in turn will:
- Improve air quality,
- Reduce traffic congestion, and
- Reduce the consumption of petroleum fuels.
The law was adopted by the state legislature and incorporated into the Washington Clean Air Act in 1991 as RCW 70.94.521-551.
Major employers in all Washington counties with populations of over 150,000 are required to establish and implement CTR programs. (RCW 70.94.527) The WSU Spokane campus coordinates a CTR program with Spokane County. See below.
The WSU Pullman, WSU Tri-Cities, and WSU Vancouver campuses are not required to establish CTR programs. However, University administrators at WSU Pullman, WSU Tri-Cities, and WSU Vancouver have decided to voluntarily participate in CTR goals.
CAMPUS CTR PROGRAMS
The WSU Pullman CTR program provides information and access to available transportation alternatives which meet the needs and goals of the program, as presented in this section.
Goals of CTR Program
The goals of the WSU Pullman CTR program are to:
- Reduce traffic congestion.
- Reduce air pollution.
- Reduce demand for parking on campus.
- Encourage a healthy life style by walking and/or biking.
- Educate employees concerning benefits of CTR program.
The WSU Pullman CTR program includes the following elements:
- Prepaid, subsidized transit for employees and students. Under this program element, all employees and students are allowed to use local transit systems by simply showing their CougarCard. This element is considered a de minimus nontaxable benefit under IRS, Section a32(f)(2)(A).
- A carpool email list and carpool newsgroup is available at the WSU Parking and Transportation website. To view the website, go to:
Select Transportation Alternatives.
- WSU Van Pool program. Contact the Motor Pool for information; telephone 335-9086.
- Emergency Ride Home program. See 80.87.
- Telework program. See 60.34.
- Bicycle/walking trails. Trails are marked on the Campus Parking Map available at the WSU Parking and Transportation web site. To view the website, go to:
Select Parking Map.
The University Parking and Transportation Task Force (UPTTF) serves as the WSU Pullman CTR Committee.
Along with other duties, the UPTTF works with the CTR Coordinator to accomplish the goals of the WSU Pullman CTR program.
The committee and the CTR Coordinator are responsible for tracking the use and funding of transportation alternatives. See also below.
The Director of Parking, Transportation, and Visitor Center is the WSU Pullman CTR Coordinator.
The WSU Pullman CTR Coordinator is WSU Pullman's primary contact person with the Washington Department of General Administration for the development and implementation of the WSU Pullman CTR program.
The CTR Coordinator is the liaison to the WSU Pullman CTR Committee.
The WSU Pullman CTR Coordinator and the WSU Pullman CTR Committee are responsible for tracking the use and funding of transportation alternatives. See also below.
Employee Transportation Coordinator
The CTR Coordinator designates the Employee Transportation Coordinator.
The Employee Transportation Coordinator:
- Manages WSU Pullman's CTR Program with the CTR Coordinator.
- Distributes CTR information through electronic, print, and other forms of media.
- Reports worksite information to CTR Coordinator.
- Encourages employees to contact the Employee Transportation Coordinator for more information concerning the CTR program.
CTR Cost Tracking
The CTR Coordinator and the CTR Committee are responsible for tracking the use and funding of transportation alternatives.
State regulations allow WSU to use public funds to financially assist University-approved incentives for CTR. (RCW 43.01.230) The University must use such funds prudently and effectively. Under the WSU Pullman CTR program, no employee receives funds.
Parking Operations and Transportation Services at WSU Spokane works with Eastern Washington University, the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute (SIRTI,) and Spokane County to coordinate the Spokane County CTR Program as it applies to the WSU Spokane Riverpoint campus.
For more information, contact WSU Spokane Parking Services; telephone 509-368-6999; or see the WSU Spokane Parking Services website at:
CTR Program Elements
The WSU Spokane CTR program includes the following elements:
- Reduction in parking fees through daily participation
- Guaranteed ride home
- Spokane Transportation Authority (STA) vanpool program
- Carpool partners program
Employee Transportation Coordinator
The Parking Supervisor is the WSU Spokane Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC).
The WSU Spokane ETC:
- Serves as the point of contact between the Spokane County CTR Office and the WSU Spokane Riverpoint campus to implement, promote, and administer the CTR program.
- Serves as the point of contact between the Spokane County CTR Office and the WSU Spokane Riverpoint campus to track and report WSU Spokane's progress in meeting CTR requirements.
- Supervises the CTR Committee.
Volunteer employees of WSU Spokane, Eastern Washington University (EWU), and SIRTI serve as the EWU/WSU Riverpoint Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Committee.
The EWU/WSU Riverpoint Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Committee works to promote transportation alternatives through web pages, written materials, promotional drawings, promotional recycling services, annual craft fairs, and annual gatherings.
While not required to comply with CTR, WSU Tri-Cities works on a voluntary basis to implement a CTR program. Contact the WSU Tri-Cities Business Office for more information; telephone 509-372-7261.
While not required to comply with CTR, the Office of Finance and Operations works on a voluntary basis with Clark County to coordinate a CTR Program for the WSU Vancouver campus. Contact WSU Vancouver Finance and Operations for more information; telephone 360-546-9590.