Kennewick, Wash. - The population increase in the Tri-Cities has also increased congestion on the roadways.
The Tri-Cities has been added to the list of urban areas in the state that need to comply with the Commute Trip Reduction Law.
According to the Benton Franklin Council of Governments the state wants employees from the Tri-Cities to car pool, work at home, or walk to work. The law requires any business with more than 100 employees to comply or face losing state grant money.
The Transportation Director for Benton Franklin Council of Governments, Mark Kushner said the purpose of the program is to reduce the amount gas, pollution, parking, and construction on the roadways.
He said program places the burden of enforcement on business owners.
The Commute Trip Reduction Law has been around for 15 years. The Benton Franklin Council of Governments is required to have a plan in effect by July 2009.