In early March, Smart Commute notified our stakeholders about an ETRP Rule: a rule targeted at large employers, requiring a mandatory reduction of "Single Occupancy Vehicle (SOV)" commute trips to a specified level. The ETRP rule is in response to the pollution created by the transportation sector, which became the largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2020. Additionally, the ETRP Rule aligns with the State of Colorado's Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap.
So far this month, the Colorado Department of Public Health's (CDPHE) Air Pollution Control Division (APCD) has convened two meetings, and public listening sessions are still available for the public to participate (see links below to register). Smart Commute has attended every meeting so far in order to listen to feedback from the broader public, and to make sure the north metro region's stakeholder group was represented and engaged.
Each meeting reviews the origination and development of the ETRP, and provides an opportunity for broad public feedback, both spoken and written in the "chat" function. There are still many unknowns. Smart Commute is committed to representing the specific needs of the north metro region, to ensure regulation is fair while also recognizing the need to take action now.
The north metro region does not have the same level of mobility and access that more urbanized areas enjoy, and we are working hard to make sure employers sited in more suburban and rural areas are evaluated on a different scale compared to urban and central-business-district employers. While a mandatory and formalized ETRP Rule will be new to Colorado, there are many places in the country where this is already working, and has been for many, many years. Additionally, "ETRP" is simply a more formal term for a service Smart Commute has been offering all along, on a voluntary basis. We are experts at helping employers choose and implement strategies that will work for their specific worksite and business model.