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Commuting to Highline

Commute Trip Reduction Program (CTR)

Student and Employee Transit Reimbursements

As an incentive for College employees and students to participate in the Commute Trip Reduction program, the College is offering reimbursement for ORCA and transit pass purchases.

Bus graphic with Highline logo

This function will be managed by Commute Trip Reduction Coordinator (Francesca Fender), located in Building 99, Room 281, telephone number (206) 592-3281.

All registered students are eligible for 15% reimbursement (not to exceed $17.55) of their monthly pass purchase. For instructions on the process and to complete a request for reimbursement, see student ORCA reimbursement.

Faculty and staff of the College will receive a 50% reimbursement on their monthly pass purchase.  See instructions and the request for reimbursement form.

About the Commute Trip Reduction Program

Highline College participates in the statewide Commute Trip Reduction Law as mandated by the Washington Clean Air Act (RCW 70.94). State law requires Highline College, as a major employer, to reduce the number of trips and miles driven in single occupancy vehicles to and from campus. The purpose of the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) program is to:

  • help reduce traffic congestion;
  • encourage the use of alternative methods of transportation;
  • make the best use of existing parking facilities;
  • reduce employees’ commuter stress
  • reduce energy consumption; and
  • reduce environmental pollution.

Commute Trip Reduction Coordinator

The Commute Trip Reduction Coordinator will provide transit and ride-sharing information, act as liaison between Highline College and King County Metro Bus System, assist ridership registration and carpooling for use on the campus, and administer the employee reimbursement program.

Francesca Fender is the Transportation Coordinator for Highline College. Questions regarding this program should be directed to the Transportation Coordinator at ffender@highline.edu or by telephone, (206) 592-3281.

Compressed Work Week

In accordance with Highline College policy an alternative work schedule would allow a full-time staff member to eliminate at least one work day every two weeks by working longer hours during the remaining days, resulting in fewer commute trips by the employee. This includes both weekly and biweekly arrangements, of which the most typical being four 10-hour days or 80 hours in nine days, but also may include other arrangements.

At Highline College, this procedure is, at present, limited to the period between the end of the spring quarter session and the start of the fall quarter session. Implementation will be contingent upon agreement between the staff member and his/her supervisor. (See details.)

Other Provisions

  1. Telecommuting alternatives may be appropriate as necessary
  2. Bicycle storage racks are located on the east side of Building 30, west side of Building 6, east and west side of Building 8, and east side of Building 25.
  3. Shower facilities are available in Building 27
  4. Paved pedestrian pathways with appropriate separation from vehicle pathways exist along the North Road and all parking lots

CTR Related Links

Guaranteed Ride Home

The Guaranteed Ride Home program works like a safety net to take the worry out of ridesharing. It allows faculty and staff to carpool or vanpool worry-free, confident that the College has a program in place that will provide a ride if they really need one.

The Guaranteed Ride Home program promotes ridesharing by eliminating one of the most frequently cited reasons people opt to drive alone: the fear that they won’t have a vehicle in an emergency or if they can’t leave work at their usual time. The Guaranteed Ride Home programs counteract this fear with the reassurance of a reliable backup ride, at minimal or no cost, to get them to their destination quickly.

Any full-time faculty or staff member who has traveled to work by any non-single occupant vehicle mode (carpool, vanpool, bus, etc.) on the day that they wish to use the service is eligible. A full-time employee is one who works 35 or more hours a week and is scheduled to be employed for 52 weeks per year. A full-time faculty member who is benefits eligible. (Contact HR if in doubt.)
  • Each faculty member or employee can take up to 8 taxi trips per year.
  • Each taxi trip can be up to 60 miles one way. If the trip exceeds 60 miles, the employee pays the difference directly to the driver.
  • Driver tips are not covered under this program. Tips are the passenger’s responsibility.
The Guarantee Ride Home program CAN be used for:

  • Faculty, staff or family member’s unexpected illness.
  • Working late unexpectedly (faculty or staff member learns that day that he/she must work late that day), such that the normal ride will not be available. Subsequent overtime days known to the faculty or staff member will not be eligible.
  • Missing normal ride home for reasons outside the person’s control — e.g. carpool driver had an emergency, transit user missed the last bus home.
  • Other emergency situations, or unanticipated schedule changes that occur during the work day.

The Guarantee Ride Home CANNOT be used for:

  • For pre-scheduled doctor or other appointments.
  • To transport faculty or staff who have incurred injuries or illness related to their occupation. Taxis should never be used where an ambulance is appropriate, nor is taxi service meant to replace an employers’ legal responsibility under workers’ compensation regulations.
  • Other situations, where, in the opinion of the program coordinator, alternate transportation could have been arranged ahead of time.
  • To take ferry commuters any father than the ferry dock, or to take ferry commuters home by driving around.
  • The trip must begin from work and can end at home or another location.
  • Emergency related interim-stops are permitted if they are requested and approved by the College when the trip is requested.
  • If the trip includes a ferry ride, the taxi will take the passenger as far as the ferry terminal.
If the above criteria are met, the faculty or staff member simply goes to the Commute Trip Reduction Coordinator’s office, Building 99, Room 281, and submits the request. Requests must be submitted during regular business hours.

Bus Routes to Highline College

King County Metro provides public transit service to the college that includes on-campus bus stops. You can purchase bus fare with cash or with an ORCA card. To find out more about ORCA cards, visit the website at www.orcacard.com.

Bus Routes that serve Highline College are:

Route #121 and Route #122

Highline College (near Building 29), Des Moines, Normandy Park, Burien, Downtown Seattle

Route #166

Burien Transit Center, SW Normandy Rd., Highline College (S. 240th St. and 26th Place – the horseshoe drive near Building 1), Kent Station

Route #156

Highline College (near Building 29), Des Moines, Sea-Tac Airport Station, Southcenter

RapidRide A Line

The A Line has 50 stations and stops. A station near Highline College provides connections to buses serving Kent, Des Moines, and Burien. The S. 176th Street station near Sea-Tac International Airport provides connections to Link light rail and buses that serve Pierce County, Auburn, Kent, and Burien.

Find out more at the King County Metro Trip Planner website: tripplanner.kingcounty.gov

Student ORCA Card Reimbursement

ORCA regional cardThe transit reimbursement program is changing in Summer 2018.


1). Complete this form and sign at the bottom.

2). Attach mass transit receipts to this completed form. Total receipts must equal $60.00 or more.

3). Submit the form and the attached receipts to the Bookstore in Building 8.

4). Upon approval, receive a Bookstore gift card good on any purchase in the Bookstore, including text books, and merchandise.


1). Must be a currently enrolled Highline College student with a valid picture ID (CWU & Kaplan students are not eligible).

2). Must NOT have purchased a Highline parking permit for the current quarter.

3). May NOT submit for a Bookstore gift card more than once per academic quarter.

4). Maximum reimbursement is $60 per academic quarter.

The older form is still available here for the remainder of the Spring Quarter months.

Please note: Receipts must be during the dates of the quarter you are requesting reimbursement for, receipt dates cannot be from a past quarter. Gift cards are not eligible for refund.  

Highline employees: see Human Resources website for reimbursement information.