Trip Reduction – Large Buildings

The Transportation Commission is holding a public hearing on September 28 at 6:30pm in City Hall room 1E-113 to receive comment on proposed revisions to city code sections 14.60.070 and 14.60.080, concerning requirements for Transportation Management Programs at large real estate developments. The proposed changes are described in the staff memo to the Transportation Commission dated September 21, 2017.

Bellevue's transportation development code requires
developers of image of tall office building downtownlarge real estate projects to establish and maintain transportation management programs. These programs focus on tenant employees and are intended to reduce the traffic impacts associated with commute trips.

 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), and a separate requirement in the City code pertains to 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 (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building certification. The city has similar “Commute Trip Reduction” requirements for large employer worksites.

Review process

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 requirements. 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 Fall 2017.

Commission work on TMP

Date Meeting/Event Links
September 28, 2017  Transportation Commission Memo
September 14, 2017 Transportation Commission Memo Presentation
 July 13, 2017 Transportation Commission Memo
 June 8, 2017 Transportation Commission Memo Presentation
 May 11, 2017 Transportation Commission Memo Presentation
 Mar. 9, 2017 Transportation Commission Memo Presentation
Nov. 10, 2016 Transportation Commission Memo Presentation
Oct. 13, 2016 Transportation Commission Memo
Sept. 26, 2016 City Council Memo Presentation
September 8, 2016 Transportation Commission Memo Presentation
July 14, 2016 Transportation Commission Memo Presentation
June 9, 2016 Transportation Commission Memo Presentation
May 12, 2016 Transportation Commission Memo Presentation
March 10, 2016 Transportation Commission Memo Presentation

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