Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Curb the Congestion wins Governor’s Award

OLYMPIA— Did you know that there are 28,000 fewer vehicles on the road every weekday thanks to employers and communities across the state who support commute trip reduction programs? That’s enough vehicles to stretch single file, bumper to bumper, from Olympia to Everett.

Governor Chris Gregoire recognized the efforts of these employers and communities this week by announcing the winners of the 2010 Governor’s Commute Smart Awards at a ceremony hosted at the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia on April 13.
Local employers Tetra Tech of Bothell and The Everett Clinic were honored, as well as employee transportation coordinators Sabrina Combs of the City of Bothell and KC McNeil of Romac Industries of Bothell.
Community Transit’s Curb the Congestion partnership with Snohomish County earned recognition as a “Commute Smart Community Champion.”

The Curb the Congestion program was designed to reduce traffic congestion on three specific corridors in Snohomish County by promoting alternatives to driving. The concept started with 164th Street. Snohomish County completed a major road improvement project there in 2004, but despite widening the road from five to seven lanes and installing bike lanes and sidewalks, by July 2005 the road was again failing adopted congestion standards.

Snohomish County determined that widening the road further was not feasible, and redirected its efforts from infrastructure improvements to establishing and implementing a program to change transportation behavior. Community Transit was brought in as a partner in late 2007 to create and manage the program. Two other corridors, 128th Street in south Everett and 20th Street in Lake Stevens, have been added to the joint effort, named “Curb the Congestion.”

Community Transit has a staff person dedicated to providing personalized trip planning assistance to residents and employees within the Curb the Congestion corridors. In 2008 and 2009 the program also offered a subsidy for participants who joined a vanpool or used the bus as their primary transportation mode.

Marketing efforts were focused on the more than 75,000 residents and the numerous businesses located in these three corridors – including nine large employers affected by the state’s Commute Trip Reduction program. In 2008, there were approximately 450 contacts with 104 people receiving the subsidy, taking an estimated 6,268 daily trips off 164th Street. A follow-up survey reported that 90 percent of participants would continue to use a commute alternative after the subsidy ended and 65 percent drove alone before Curb the Congestion.

In 2009, there were more than 1,000 contacts and 577 public transportation subsidies issued. Snohomish County estimates that Curb the Congestion removed 13,875 drive-alone trips from the three target corridors in 2009.

The partners expect even greater results in 2010.


  1. Community transit is also in the running for another award for their "Return to Congestion" program starting in June and probably expanding that program in the months following.

  2. Does Gregoire recognize the fact that if she doesn't designate some funding to CT that all that good work will be down the tube? Those 13,875 drive-alone trips will be back on the road thanks to the service cuts and no Sunday Service.

  3. Setting up the Curb It is great, however cycling up or down 164th is extremely dangerous. I used to use it, but the bike lanes are NOT SAFE! The are constantly full of glass, metal debris, rocks, branches and other items. I have NEVER seen a street sweeper dealing with this issue. Mill Creek has a portion and Lynnwood has a portion. Until they make it safe in the bike lane-FORGET IT. it's too risky getting a flat on the downhill side of 164th and a hassle on the uphill side, especicially with the speed of traffic accelerating uphill and speeding downhill on 164th. Sorry Community Transit I am stil taking an alternate route.

  4. Regarding 164th Street road maintenance and bike lane widths and speeds, I hope you pass your concerns on to Snohomish County, since most of the corridor is actually unincorporated (not in Mill Creek or Lynnwood city limits) at this time.