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For Property Managers: Transportation Management Programs

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 biannual Commute Survey to employees
  • Submitting a Program Report
  • Maintaining an appointed “Building Transportation Coordinator” or BTC for short

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:

Olivia Holden

Senior Program Manager
206-613-3257

Wren Barulich

Senior Transportation Specialist
(206) 613-3243

Sarah Udelhofen

Senior Transportation Specialist
206-613-3227

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.

Upcoming Requirements for Property Managers

Building Program Reporting Requirement

The City of Seattle Transportation Management Program (TMP) requires affected buildings to submit program reports every other year. Program Reports are due on January 31st, 2022. Unsure about your program report standing? Contact Commute Seattle.

Click the button below for a preview of the typical questions asked in the TMP Program Report.

Tenant Commute Survey Requirement

Due to several factors, the City of Seattle employee commute survey requirement for TMP sites is postponed until Fall 2022. Read our blog for more information regarding the Commute Trip Reduction Law employee survey requirement.

Benefits

 

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 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

Compliance

 

 

Did you know… Property managers in Seattle with a Transportation Management Program agreement are required to take action.

 

Are you a property manager? We’re here to help! Commute Seattle works with the City of Seattle to monitor buildings’ Transportation Management Programs implemented by property managers like you throughout Seattle. In order to comply, you’ll need: (all of which are free services provided by Commute Seattle)

 

  • A Transportation Management Program in accordance with the building’s agreement
  • To conduct and complete a Tenant Commute Survey
  • To submit a Transportation Management Program Report
Required Survey & Report
Why am I required to submit a survey and report?
Commute surveys and program reports are used to monitor Transportation Management Programs goals and elements.
What’s the difference between the required commute survey and the required program report?
The Program Report provides a way to report on strategies and program elements you use to promote commute alternatives to tenants, such as facilities and amenities. The Tenant Employee Commute Survey collects information on how people travel to and from the building. The Commute Survey is administered to all employees in the building.
When do I need to complete my program survey and report?

Most Transportation Management Program properties are required to complete surveys and TMP Program Reports in even years. Remember, you’ll need to complete both!

If you’d like more information on Transportation Management Program survey details, you can visit Seattle Transportaion Management Program Director’s Rule for information about triggers, development, typical elements and requirements.

Where can I preview the Program Report Questions

We know property managers may need to do research or consult additional people to complete the Program Report. You can preview the TMP Program Report questions here.

What happens after the TMP Program Report is submitted?
Once submitted, the Program Report is reviewed for its completeness, its inclusion of mandatory program elements, and the likelihood it will result in trip reduction.
Am I required to have Commute Trip Reduction program too?

Nope! Commute Trip Reduction programs only apply to large (100+) employers, whereas Transportation management Programs affect physical buildings. Transportation Management Programs apply to all of the tenants in a particular building. Both programs share the same overall goal of reducing single-occupant vehicle trips.

Our Impact

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.

Looking for more commuting options? We’re here to help.

From compliance to benefits, our transportation specialists will get you where you need to go.