Transportation Management Programs

The City works with building managers and managers to help implement strategies that facilitate tenants' use of a full range of travel options, including transit, walking, carpooling, and bicycling. Successful Transportation Management Programs (TMPs) provide transit use incentives, promote active commutes, and include parking management strategies.

Key Benefits

  • Promotes transportation options that are increasingly important to Seattle's workforce.
  • Helps developers consider transportation infrastructure early on, to maximize resources and compatibility with the surrounding area complements LEED Building Certification, Seattle 2030 District goals, and other green building programs.
  • Helps improve mobility in and around Seattle.

Which Buildings Are Included and Why?

The purpose of a TMP is to mitigate the traffic and/or parking impacts of large buildings. The need for a TMP is identified in the City's SEPA environmental review for new buildings or other Land Use Code-required reviews. The need for a TMP is usually stipulated in the Master Use Permit.

If My Building Is Included, What's Involved?

The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) and SDOT work with the developers and property managers to create and implement effective TMPs. Successful programs include infrastructure improvements and ongoing programs, such as:

  • Travel options information displayed in a centrally located area
  • Free parking for carpools and vanpools
  • Pedestrian and bicycle improvements and way-finding signs
  • Transit pass subsidies for employees who work at the site
  • Bike parking and on-site day-use locker and shower facilities

How Do TMPs Relate To The CTR Program?

TMPs and Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) share the same overall goal of reducing single occupant vehicle trips. Therefore TMP and CTR programs can contain many similar elements. However, CTR requirements only apply to large (100+) employers, whereas TMPs affect physical buildings. TMPs apply to all of the tenants in a particular building.