Curb the Congestion is a program to reduce traffic and encourage smart trips on congested corridors in Snohomish County. Smart trips include: sharing the ride in a carpool or vanpool; riding the bus, ferry or train, bicycling or walking; or working from home or compressing your work schedule to eliminate a drive-alone trip. The program is a partnership between Community Transit and Snohomish County.
The program is funded in partnership with Snohomish County through developer mitigation and federal grants; with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) through federal grants. The program is operated by Community Transit.
There is no single way to reduce congestion. Rather, we need a multi-faceted approach. Curb the Congestion is part of the overall solution by increasing public awareness about transportation choices and eliminating some of the barriers that keep people from trying an alternative to driving alone.
The Snohomish County Department of Public Works identified specific road corridors because they will benefit the most from this type of program based on the existing infrastructure (i.e. roads, bike lanes, sidewalks, and transit facilities), constraints to further improve the road, and development patterns.
Community Transit has also identified many of the eligible roads as "transit emphasis corridors." This means Community Transit supports an integrated vision of land use planning that includes a balanced mix of investment in roadways, land use decisions supportive of transit market development and a long term commitment to transit services.
Your personal information will remain confidential and is only used by Community Transit to send you requested materials and incentives. Community Transit will not sell, distribute, or otherwise disseminate your information to any third party. Information given by participants, both contact information and commuting information, will be kept confidential, unless authorized by you for the purposes of finding a carpool, vanpool or bicycling/walking buddies. Entry constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use prize winners' names, hometowns, and any text submitted for the purposes of promotion on behalf of Curb the Congestion.
Choose "Other" from the drop down list on the registration form. You will be contacted by a Community Transit Specialist to help you plan your trips. You may be eligible for other Community Transit programs, but you will not be eligible for Curb the Congestion program incentives.
The primary purpose of the Curb the Congestion program is to reduce traffic congestion along the busiest roadways in Snohomish County. Driving alone in one of these modes may reduce fuel usage and emissions, but does not reduce traffic congestion. If there is more than one person in the vehicle for the trip, then these modes may count as a carpool and qualify for incentives through the Curb the Congestion program.
To count as a bus trip, you must not drive alone on a selected corridor. Our specialist can help you find another way to get to your park & ride, such as by local bus or carpool. If circumstances require you to drive alone to a park & ride, then consider reducing other drive-alone trips you make on selected corridors, such as to errands or leisure activities. However, it is permitted, but not encouraged, for 128th Street participants to drive to the McCollum Park & Ride to meet a bus, carpool, or vanpool. This is because the McCollum Park & Ride is at the edge of the corridor.
Yes, as long as it is a method of transportation where the foot is in contact with the ground, it is eligible in the "walking" category. This would therefore include skateboards, jogging, rollerblading, and non-motorized scooters. Trips made by wheelchair are also eligible in the "walking" category, as long as the trip replaces a drive alone vehicle trip.
Community Transit will contact you approximately 10 days after the end of the month to notify you of eligibility. You will receive an email or phone request approximately four weeks after the end of the month asking you to follow instructions to select your reward. Approximately two weeks after you successfully select your reward, you will receive your reward by U.S. mail. Please watch for related emails and U.S. mail during this time frame.
Community Transit will comply with the IRS reporting requirements for prize winners. According to IRS instructions, a Form 1099-MISC is required for any person receiving over $600 in prizes and awards. For those prizes where there is an issue of what the actual worth of the prize is, the IRS regulations defining the fair market value of a prize will determine whether or not a 1099-MISC is filed. Recipients of prizes qualifying for a 1099-MISC must agree to provide the information necessary for the 1099-MISC in order to receive their prize; they should expect to receive their forms in time to file their appropriate tax returns. For prizes worth less than $600, it is the recipient's responsibility to comply with all relevant IRS income reporting guidelines.