Transportation Management Programs

The City works with building managers and managers to help implement strategies that facilitate tenants' use of a full range of travel options, including transit, walking, carpooling, and bicycling. Successful Transportation Management Programs (TMPs) provide transit use incentives, promote active commutes, and include parking management strategies.

Key Benefits

  • Promotes sustainable and efficient transportation options that are increasingly important to Seattle's workforce.
  • Helps developers consider transportation infrastructure early on, to maximize resources and compatibility with the surrounding area complements LEED Building Certification, Seattle 2030 District goals, and other green building programs.
  • Helps improve mobility in and around Seattle.

Which Buildings Are Included and Why?

The purpose of a TMP is to mitigate the traffic and/or parking impacts of large buildings. The need for a TMP is identified in the City's SEPA environmental review for new buildings or other Land Use Code-required reviews. The need for a TMP is usually stipulated in the Master Use Permit.

If My Building Is Included, What's Involved?

The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) and SDOT work with the developers and property managers to create and implement effective TMPs. Successful programs include infrastructure improvements and ongoing programs, such as:

  • Travel options information displayed in a centrally located area
  • Parking management strategies to minimize the number of vehicle trips, especially drive-alone trips, generated by the site 
  • Pedestrian and bicycle improvements and way-finding signs 
  • Transit pass subsidies for building users who access the site 
  • Bike parking and on-site day-use locker and shower facilities
  • Programming that subsidizes and provides preferred parking to vanpool or carpool users 

How Do TMPs Relate To The CTR Program?

TMPs and Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) share the same overall goal of reducing single occupant vehicle trips. Therefore TMP and CTR programs can contain many similar elements. However, CTR requirements only apply to large (100+) employers, whereas TMPs affect physical buildings. TMPs apply to all of the tenants in a particular building.


Greg Spotts, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 3800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA, 98124-4996
Phone: (206) 684-7623

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The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is on a mission to deliver a transportation system that provides safe and affordable access to places and opportunities for everyone as we work to achieve our vision of Seattle as a thriving, equitable community powered by dependable transportation.