Commute Trip Reduction & Parking
Commute Trip Reduction
Spokane County complies with all laws set forth by the State Washington. Laws designed by the State in 1991 state that all organizations in specified counties that employ 100 or more employees, are required to participate in the CTR program. The program is designed to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles commuting to work between the peak morning commute hours of 6 - 9 am. The end goal of this program is to reduce traffic congestion and cut down on the amount of vehicle exhaust pollution.
Spokane County, as an employer, is committed to supporting this program as a model for other organizations to follow. Financial support of the program is provided through the revenues received from the various aspects of the parking program. Monies collected from parking violations, parking meters, and leased parking, contribute to an enterprise fund designed to not only support the CTR program, but also enforce parking and maintain the parking lots.
Key elements of the program include: carpooling, walking, alternative work schedules, biking, public transit www.spokanetransit.com/ridesta/routesschedules.asp, and vanpooling. Vanpoolers and public transit users are subsidized to reduce the cost of using these alternatives and carpoolers are given rideshare parking spaces to promote sharing the ride to work. The County participates in all four major CTR campaigns annually, awarding prizes to those that participate in the events.
Spokane County’s CTR program has been recognized numerous times for efforts to reduce air pollution and traffic congestion. In 1998, Spokane County was recognized by the countywide program and received the Pinnacle Award for superior efforts toward promoting commuting alternatives. In 1999, Spokane County received the Governor’s Commute Smart Award, presented by Governor Gary Locke. This award was presented to 17 organizations in the state for their outstanding CTR programs.
Spokane County provides parking to employees, vendors, and customers of the County through the use of 14 parking lots around the campus. Parking is very limited with only 519 spaces available for lease to County employees. The program uses a zone-parking program, which allows the over-sell of spaces to get the most utilization of the available area.
Four lots contain 230-metered spaces with two and six hour parking. There are 18 disabled spaces located in various lots with wheel chair access. Metered spaces are required payment by coin between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm. Lots are patrolled on a daily basis with tickets issued to those in violation of the posted parking.
Commute Trip Reduction/Parking
1229 West Mallon
Spokane, WA 99260
How to Reach Us
Phone: (509) 477-2133
Fax: (509) 477-5642