Seattle's 2018 CTR Champions: Performance and Innovation

The CTR Champions program recognizes employers who achieve progress towards reducing their drive alone rates, provide innovative and comprehensive commuter programs to their employees, and show high levels of engagement with the program and their peers. The event is attended by hundreds of employer representatives, program administrators, and industry professionals.

At our most recent event in 2018, attendees heard both praise and a call to action for further performance and innovation from inspiring speakers including Challenge Seattle CEO and former Governor Christine Gregoire and Seattle Deputy Mayor Shefali Ranganathan. This year's celebration recognized 124 employers with Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards and 6 employers with awards for highest rate of transit, cycling, walking, carpool, vanpool, and telework. Our scoring system in 2018 highlighted performance, with all of our winners not only achieving drive alone rates below their network targets, but also:

  • Maintaining performance year to year
  • Completing their latest commute survey and program reports on time
  • Going beyond the required minimum of employee commute program elements

Find out who was a CTR Champion in 2018 and in prior years.

SDOT and Commute Seattle award points to CTR-affected worksites at the end of every year based on their drive-alone rate performance and the quality of their programming. In 2018, we used the following scale to award points:

  • Platinum: Top performer (lowest drive alone rate) in each network
  • Gold: Achieved a drive alone rate of 50%+ below network target
  • Silver: Achieved a drive alone rate of 30%-50% below network target
  • Bronze: Achieved and/or exceeded drive alone rate network target by up to 29%

Since 2018, we have also recognized top performers by transportation mode. These sites acheived the top rate for transit, cycling, walking, carpool, vanpool, or telework/flexible scheduling citywide.

CTR Champions pro-actively implement strategies that foster progress towards their respective network's drive-alone rate target. Champions go above and beyond the minimum requirements of the CTR program to create work environments that encourage their employees to consider their transportation options and seek alternative commutes to driving their vehicles alone. Award winners demonstrate that they:

  • Know their network drive-alone rate target
  • Make use of best-practice strategies and elements such as joining an ORCA Business program, offering tax benefits and transit subsidies, giving employees telework or compressed work week options, and offering a Guaranteed Ride Home service
  • Stay in touch with SDOT and their Commute Seattle specialist. Working with SDOT and Commute Seattle can make it easier to follow CTR program requirements and succeed at meeting or exceeding drive-alone rate goals

Any site can work towards a Champions award.  Check out the following resources to see what actions you can take and to get some inspiration: