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If you are a State employee whose worksite is located in Thurston County, you probably work at a CTR worksite. Find out how this can help make your commute easier!

In 1991, the state legislature enacted the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Law to address growing concern for traffic congestion, air pollution, and gas dependency. The CTR law aims to encourage workers to drive alone less by riding the bus, walking or biking, sharing the ride, or skipping it all together by teleworking or compressing your work week. 

Each state worksite has an Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC) that can help employees find the commute option that works best for them and their schedule.

CTR FAQs

Who is affected by CTR Law?

The CTR law applies to all employers, public and private, that have 100 or more “affected” employees who work at a single worksite, and to all state agencies in the urban growth areas of Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater, no matter their size. These are called “CTR worksites”. Most state agencies offer their CTR program to all employees.


How do I find out who my Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC) is?

Locate your building on the online directory of CTR worksites in Thurston County, then click the icon to view your worksite’s Employee Transportation Coordinator contact info.


How do I find out about CTR at my worksite?

You can find out the details about the CTR program at your worksite by contacting your Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC).

To find your ETC locate your building on the online directory of CTR worksites in Thurston County, then click the icon to view your worksite’s Employee Transportation Coordinator contact info.


What if I didn't drive and need to leave work due to an emergency?

If you share the ride, walk, or bicycle – SAFE Ride will get you home in an emergency or a sudden schedule change. Read more about SAFE Ride…


What does a CTR program consist of?

Each CTR worksite has its own CTR program, so they vary from one worksite to another. Many worksite CTR programs include various kinds of incentives and subsidies. For example, your worksite CTR program may include a vanpool subsidy. Or perhaps there are onsite amenities such as bicycle cages, showers, or lockers, which encourage employees to use an alternate mode of travel to work. There are region wide promotions, such as Wheel Options and the Bicycle Commuter Contest which are part of many worksite CTR programs. Some worksites offer a per trip financial incentive to ride the bus, bicycle, or walk to work. All programs should include the distribution of CTR related information to employees.

All state employees who work at CTR worksites in Thurston County are eligible for the State Agency Free Emergency (SAFE) Ride Program, and the State Agency Rider (STAR) Pass. Contact your worksite’s ETC for details.

State Agency Free Emergency (SAFE) – Ride Program
www.thurstonheretothere.org/state-employees-safe-ride/

The State Agency Rider (STAR) Pass
www.ctr.wa.gov/employees/starpass.htm
Frequently Asked Questions


What is the STAR Pass?

The State Agency Rider (STAR) Pass is provided through a partnership between the State and Intercity Transit. State employees assigned to a worksite in Thurston County can ride any Intercity Transit route for free with their state photo ID and a STAR Pass validating sticker. Read more about the STAR Pass…


Where do I find more information about CTR?

Other CTR links related to State Employees
located in Thurston County