Or. Admin. R. 340-242-0260 - Can Employers Get Credit for Existing Trip Reduction Programs?

The Department may grant credits for documented trip reductions that occurred at an employer's work site any time before establishing a baseline auto trip rate. Credits will be granted upon approval by the Department. The Department will approve or deny the employer's request for credit by letter to the employer. If the employer objects to any condition or limitation in that letter, the employer may request a contested case hearing as described in OAR 340-242-0170.

(1) Employers must demonstrate that pre-existing trip reduction programs resulted in actual trip reductions by providing:
(a) A description of the trip reduction programs and how they were implemented;
(b) The period of time that the programs have been in place;
(c) Survey findings or comparable documentation that demonstrates a ten percent reduction in the auto trip rate for the work site; and
(d) Current survey findings or comparable documentation verifying the employer has maintained the reduced auto trip rate.
(2) Applications for credits must be submitted to the Department with the trip reduction plan or notice of intent to reduce trips through participation in an equivalent commute trip reduction program.
(3) Credits will not be discounted and will be granted on a one-for-one basis.
(4) Trips documented for the purpose of receiving credits may not be bought or sold to other employers for the purpose of meeting the target trip reduction.
(5) Alternately, an employer may choose to provide documentation that its single occupant vehicle commute rate, at the time of registration, is equal to or less than two standard deviations below the mean rate for the Metro transportation zone which includes the employer's work site. Commute data for Metro's transportation zones is available from the Department.

NOTE: This rule is included in the State of Oregon Clean Air Act Implementation Plan as adopted by the Environmental Quality Commission under OAR 340-200-0040.

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Or. Admin. R. 340-242-0260
DEQ 17-1996, f. & cert. ef. 8-14-96; DEQ 14-1999, f. & cert. ef. 10-14-99, Renumbered from 340-030-1050; DEQ 3-2007, f. & cert. ef. 4-12-07

Stat. Auth.: ORS 468.020

Stats. Implemented: ORS 468A.363

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