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Media Release

May 14, 2007

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Gregg Zimmerman, Administrator, Planning Building and Public Works, 425-430-7311
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director, 425-430-6569

City of Renton Receives the 2007 Diamond Award from Commuter Challenge

City Recognized for Outstanding Commute Trip Reduction Efforts

Renton: The City of Renton employee transportation program has been awarded a Diamond Award from Commuter Challenge. This award recognizes the city’s efforts and programs for city employees to reduce drive-alone commute trips.

For 12 years, the Commuter Challenge Diamond Awards have been bestowed on the King County businesses and employees who have not only done what is mandated by state commute trip reduction (CTR) laws, but have put their ingenuity and resources into improving and even reforming their employees' commute habits. Diamond Award winners are innovative leaders in reducing commute trips for their employees and represent the top tier of King County work sites with highly effective (CTR) programs and strong organizational commitment to the principles of CTR.

“This award recognizes the efforts of our employees and is a transportation success story for our community,” said Renton Mayor Kathy Keolker. “By reducing the miles driven, Renton employees also reduced the emissions of carbon monoxide and other pollutants to help protect the environment and reduce global warming."

“I’m very pleased that Renton has been selected for this award, said Gregg Zimmerman, Administrator, Planning, Building and Public Works. “By providing employees with transportation solutions that work, we make it easier for employees to get to work and preserve our community’s quality of life.”

Commute trip reduction programs implemented by employers are one of the most cost-effective approaches to improving local transportation mobility. The City of Renton supports employees’ efforts to reduce commute trips by providing a free FlexPass, which covers unlimited rides on Sounder Commuter Rail, King County Metro Transit, Pierce Transit, and Sound Transit buses, subsidies towards King County Metro VanPool and VanShare fares, incentives for employees who walk, bicycle, or carpool to work, and a Guaranteed Ride Home program (free emergency taxi ride home). This benefit is offered to regular employees who are on the city’s payroll.

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