For the past 19 years, Commuter Challenge has recognized an elite group of local organizations and individuals that have embraced innovative and successful efforts to reduce commute trips among their workforce. The 2012 Diamond Award winners were announced November 5, 2012, at a reception in the Legislative Building Rotunda in Olympia. Commuter Solutions was please to celebrate the winners in collaboration with the Governor's Commute Smart Awards program which also took place at the same event. Download the list of winners.
Profiles of the 2012 Diamond Award winners, at right, will be available soon.
Congratulations also to this year's Pacesettersfor
their outstanding commute trip reduction efforts.
Commute trip reduction programs implemented by employers are one of the most cost-effective approaches to improving local transportation mobility. The organizational winners of the Diamond Awards are selected by a review panel of transportation experts who look to reward those organizations that implement a variety of effective programs to reduce commute trips, including incentives for motivating employees to bus, carpool, vanpool, bicycle, walk, work compressed schedules, or telework instead of driving alone to work everyday.
The 1991 Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Law, introduced as part of the Washington State Clean Air Act, is a transportation success story in Washington state. Worksites that participate in the Commute Trip Reduction program remove nearly 30,000 vehicles off of Washington’s roads each workday morning. CTR commuters reduced petroleum consumption in Washington State by 3 million gallons in the last biennium, saving approximately $30 million through the choices they made in the program. The end result is an estimated reduction of 69,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.
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