Chapter 3.98
EMPLOYEE COMMUTER PLAN

Sections:

3.98.010    Employee commuter program established - Purpose.

3.98.020    Definitions.

3.98.030    Program guidelines and requirements.

3.98.040    Carpool and vanpool monthly parking for employees in county-owned parking facilities.

3.98.050    Employee incentives.

3.98.060    Additional program components.

3.98.010 Employee commuter program established - Purpose.

An employee commuter program is hereby established to encourage employee use of carpools, vanpools, mass transit and other non-single occupant vehicle (SOV) means of transportation. Through this program, it is intended that the county’s impact on air pollution, carbon emissions and traffic congestion will be reduced.

(Added Amended Ord. 91-089, July 3, 1991; Amended by Ord. 09-149, Feb. 17, 2010, Eff date March 6, 2010).

3.98.020 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings set forth below unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

(1) "Carpool" means a group of two or more county employees who share a private vehicle for commuting to and from work.

(2) "Vanpool" means a group of 3 or more county employees who commute to and from work in a van provided by a public transit agency or the county. (3) "Participating employee" means an employee who has completed the registration form required by SCC 3.98.030 indicating that they choose to participate in the employee commuter program and who travels to and from work by carpool, vanpool, public transit, walking or bicycling.

(3) "Participating employee" means a county employee who has registered for the employee commuter program and who travels to and from work by carpool, vanpool, public transit, walking or bicycling at least 60% of their working days in a month.

(Added Amended Ord. 91-089, July 3, 1991; Amended by Ord. 09-149, Feb. 17, 2010, Eff date March 6, 2010).

3.98.030 Program guidelines and requirements.

(1) Participation in the employee commuter program is voluntary and not included within the official duties of any employee of Snohomish county. Employees are not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits in the event of an injury while commuting. Employees are not entitled to defense and indemnification at county expense in the event of an accident or mishap while commuting.

(2) Any benefits received from participation in the employee commuter program may not be construed as compensation for any duties performed by an employee. Participation in the employee commuter program is beyond the general scope of employee duties.

(3) The county shall not discriminate in any employment practice against any employee choosing not to participate in the program. Employees shall complete revised registration forms when any change in their commute mode status occurs.

(Added Amended Ord. 91-089, July 3, 1991; Amended by Ord. 09-149, Feb. 17, 2010, Eff date March 6, 2010).

3.98.040 Carpool and vanpool monthly parking for employees in county-owned parking facilities.

The parking policies adopted pursuant to SCC 3.09.030 shall provide that carpools and vanpools be given priority in parking assignments over single-occupant vehicles in county-owned facilities. Monthly parking fees for carpools and vanpools shall accord with the following schedule:

(1) 2 employee carpool: 50 percent of the charge for a single-occupant vehicle;

(2) 3 or 4 employee carpool: 33 percent of the charge for a single-occupant vehicle;

(3) Vanpools or five or more employee carpools: No charge.

(Added Amended Ord. 91-089, July 3, 1991; Amended Ord. 91-133, Oct. 2, 1991; Ord. 03-146, Dec. 17, 2003, Eff Date Dec. 29, 2003; Amended by Ord. 09-149, Feb. 17, 2010, Eff date March 6, 2010).

3.98.050 Employee incentives.

(1) Subject to annual appropriation and council approval of a schedule of incentives, each participating employee shall receive a subsidy toward a monthly transit pass or other incentive each month.

(2) Each participating employee shall be eligible for "guaranteed rides home" when, due to illness, family emergency or unanticipated work schedule changes, the employee is unable to return home via carpool, vanpool, transit, bicycle or walking. The "guaranteed ride home" shall be provided by shuttle service, taxi or use of a county motorpool vehicle as determined by the employee’s supervisor and the transportation coordinator in accordance with written policies adopted by the executive.

(3) The executive shall adopt written policies for the determination of eligibility, limitations on the number of times an employee may use the "guaranteed ride home" program within a specified period, and for the administration of the incentives authorized by this section.

(Added Amended Ord. 91-089, July 3, 1991; Amended by Ord. 09-149, Feb. 17, 2010, Eff date March 6, 2010).

3.98.060 Additional program components.

(1) The executive shall designate a transportation coordinator who shall be an employee of the executive. The transportation coordinator shall be responsible for all aspects of the administration of the employee commuter program including, but not limited to, monitoring participation and compliance, administering incentives, developing promotions and enforcement. The transportation coordinator shall assist participating employees in developing the best commuting alternatives for each employee. The transportation coordinator may propose revisions to the employee commuter program from time to time to improve the program.

(2) The transportation coordinator shall create and maintain a commuter information center displaying information about Community Transit, Everett Transit, and carpool/vanpool routes and schedules. The commuter information center shall include a ride match board which participating employees may utilize to locate and contact potential carpool riders/drivers.

(3) The executive shall develop and provide secure bicycle parking facilities for use by employees who bicycle to and from work. Bicycle parking in such facilities shall be provided to participating employees without charge.

(4) All elected officials and county departments are authorized and encouraged to:

(a) permit flexible work schedules to facilitate employee use of carpools, vanpools, and public transit;

(b) permit employees to work part or full time at home or at an alternative work site closer to their homes; and

(c) provide alternative work schedules such as compressed work weeks which reduce commuting.

(Added Amended Ord. 91-089, July 3, 1991).