What is a Transportation Management Program and am I required to have one?
A Transportation Management Program agreement is a Master Use Permit requirement on private development to mitigate traffic congestion and parking impacts by reducing drive-alone automobile and motorcycle trips, otherwise known as single-occupant vehicle trips.
At the time of permit approval, each Transportation Management Program includes 2 parts:
1) a single-occupant vehicle commute rate goal, and
2) required program elements that are designed to help the building achieve that single-occupant vehicle goal.
Special Cases: A Transportation Management Program may require unique or parking-based goals, we can help property managers like you find a custom solution.
Commute Seattle works on behalf of SDOT to offer free assistance to help employers comply with the TMP requirements, including:
- Conducting and submitting a biennial Commute Survey to employees
- Submitting a biennial Program Report
- Maintaining an appointed “Building Transportation Coordinator” or BTC for short
Upcoming Requirements for Property Managers
The City of Seattle TMP Program requires participating properties to submit program reports every other year. Program Reports will be sent to BTCs by DocuSign in November and are due by December 22nd, 2023. Learn more about the program report requirement here.
- 10/9 – 11/3/2023: Resurvey period (only for properties that failed to meet their 2022 survey requirement)
- 12/22/2023: Program Reports due
Benefits of Participation
Starting a commute program in your building is a low-cost way to keep your tenant suite of services competitive. Benefits include:
- Leverage your location and nearby transportation services by offering attractive transportation facilities and amenities
- Attract new tenants with innovative leasing strategies that support sustainable commute options
- Meet the needs of large tenant employers subject to CTR Law
- Free up parking spaces for visitors, customers, carsharing and other building needs
- Achieve sustainability goals and LEED points by reducing the amount of people that drive alone to your building
How We Can Help
We offer free assistance to all property managers that need to fulfill the requirement of a Transportation Management Program. Our staff will help you navigate these steps and we’re available to consult on how you can elevate your commute programs and amenities to the next level.
Contact one of our dedicated transportation professionals today:
Commute Seattle offers additional services to help develop, monitor, and improve Transportation Management Programs. More information is available here.
If you have questions about Transportation Management Programs, such as how to meet your requirements or how to start and maintain a commute program, checkout out our resource library.
Why Transportation Management Programs Make a Difference
As a real estate professional, you know it makes good business sense to deliver innovative services and amenities that are attractive to your tenants and competitive in Seattle’s real estate market.
You know that Seattle commuters are increasingly looking for amenities that make getting to and from your building convenient and easy. If your building is a typical Downtown commercial property, that means about 70% of your occupants will choose not to drive alone to work. They’ll arrive at your building by bus, rail, ferry, bicycle, on foot or by ridesharing.
By providing best-in-class transportation options and commute amenities via your Transportation Management Program, you’ll differentiate your property and strengthen your sustainability initiatives, which ultimately helps attract and retain tenants.
- Building Transportation Coordinator Basic Training
- Property Manager Toolkit
- Property Management Best Practices
- Parking Management
- Bicycle Parking Guidelines
- Bicycle Amenity Inventory
- Tenant Commute Concierge Services
- Workplace Charging Toolkit by Forth
- City of Seattle Transportation Management Programs
- Transportation Management Program Overview
- Transportation Management Program Director’s Rule