Like so many of you, our work at Commute Seattle took a sharp, virtual turn in 2020. And we are glad that you were right there with us, learning and adapting together as we made our way through an uncertain year.
All told, our team conducted 359 consultations for Seattle businesses in 2020, from the largest tech firms and hospitals to small retailers and restaurants. We’re proud to partner with you all in finding innovative solutions to the pandemic mobility challenges nobody expected we would face this year.
We hosted 35 events in 2020, including partnering with King County Metro on a series focused on remote work, partnering with Seattle 2030 District on a webinar for property managers and a Transportation Transformations panel with local experts that focused on the challenges and opportunities we might see in the year ahead. More than 1,700 people attended Commute Seattle events this year, a new high-water mark for our organization.
Commute Seattle also had phenomenal engagement from businesses across the spectrum of industries through the Commute Trip Reduction program reports, a COVID workplace experience survey and a small business commuter benefits survey. All told, more than 800 businesses participated in our data gathering efforts in 2020.
For the last 16 years, Commute Seattle has worked with local businesses to keep our city moving. Seattle was the most successful city in the country at reducing its drive alone rate over the last decade, achieving a nine-point decline as transit, active commutes and telework gained ground.
We believe 2021 offers the opportunity to double-down on our multi-modal approach to commuting and achieve an even more sustainable, healthy and equitable transportation system that truly works for all. By making permanent 2020’s huge increase in telework and flexwork, by continuing to offer great transit benefits and by incentivizing active commuting we can keep commuters healthy, happy and safe in 2021 and beyond.
The Commute Seattle Team