Trip Reduction Requirements for large buildings
Bellevue's transportation development code requires developers of large real estate projects to establish and maintain transportation management programs. These programs focus on tenant employees and are intended to reduce the ongoing traffic impact associated with commute trips to buildings.
Required elements may include posting and distributing transit and ride-sharing information, designating a transportation coordinator, providing preferential parking for carpools and vanpools, providing financial incentives for commuters using carpools/vanpools or transit and setting up a "guaranteed ride home" program (BCC 14.60.070). Additional requirements apply to office buildings downtown (BCC 14.60.080). There is also requirement language in the City code for the Medical Institution District (BCC 20.25J.050 B).
Transportation Management Program (TMP) activities can help to increase the accessibility of a building to employees, balance parking demand with available supply and support LEED building certification. The city has similar “Commute Trip Reduction” requirements for large employer worksites.
In March 2016, City staff and the Transportation Commission initiated a review of current Transportation Management Program requirements. Elements of the review process included analysis of TMP requirements, analysis of trip reductions associated with current requirements and practices at adjacent jurisdictions.
The City conducted a survey of individuals who implement TMPs at buildings in Bellevue, then sponsored an online open house to get additional input. In a presentation to the City Council, the Transportation Commission recommended six changes to current requirement. Council directed staff and the Commission to refine the recommendations and identify revisions to the current code. The Council is expected to consider the proposed code changes in mid-2017.