Commute Trip Reduction

At Gonzaga University, we are committed to supporting the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) program that is mandated by Washington State Law. Our participation in the CTR program will help create a more resilient community by improving air quality and reducing traffic congestion.

Our CTR program has several elements:

Parking Management:

  • Provision of designated parking spots and reduced parking charges for carpoolers.
  • Offering rideshare matching service through Commute Finder NW.

Financial Incentives/Subsidies:

  • Gonzaga participates in the Spokane Transit Universal Transit Access Pass (UTAP) Program. That means that if you are an employee or enrolled student, your ZAGCARD is also your bus pass. There is no cost to students or employees for this transit benefit. Please contact us to learn more.
  • Guaranteed Ride Home Program
    • If you use a commute alternative and an emergency occurs, Gonzaga provides a free ride home or to a destination such as the hospital, a doctor's office, your child's school, etc. To request a ride, please contact Jim Simon at 509-313-5571 or Karen Troxell at 509-313-4893 as quickly as possible so they can arrange a ride for you. The program cannot be used to reimburse individuals for trips taken, so please reach out immediately upon learning you need to make use of the program.

Site Amenities:

  • Secure bicycle parking is available throughout campus. Check out the Sustainability Features map to find the nearest rack or bicycle locker. Interested in using a bike locker? Each one has a sticker indicating the number to call and reserve one!
  • Showers are available for staff and faculty in the Rudolf Fitness Center.

Zagsgiving Commute Challenge

It’s the season of giving and when you give a commute, you help feed someone in need! 

Between November 20th and 22nd, when you commute in a non single-occupancy vehicle, Zag Dining by Sodexo will make a donation to The Campus Kitchen to help ensure local families are well-fed during the holidays. Join your fellow students, staff, and faculty members in giving back to the community we are located within, as well as improving air quality and traffic congestion within the city of Spokane by getting vehicles off the roads!

Acceptable commute options: carpooling or vanpooling, biking, walking, riding the bus, skateboard, e-scooter, or e-bike. 

How to participate? During the three-day challenge, you’ll need to track your commutes. To do so, follow this link:  and follow these instructions:

  1. Select “Create Account”
  2. Fill out the registration form. The worksite passcode for staff & faculty is: ELQN The worksite passcode for students is: PFKP
  3. Select “Create Commute Profile”
  4. Login to CommuteSmart NW and begin using the commute calendar to track your commutes to GU! Don’t see your mode of travel? Select whichever one is most similar (skateboard=walking, e-scooter=biking, etc.)  

At the end of the three day period, we will examine the data to see how many people participated in the challenge and Zag Dining by Sodexo will make their donation! 

Questions or concerns? Send an email to or call Karen at 509-313-4893.

Please click on the links below for additional resources:


For more information about Commute Trip Reduction at Gonzaga, please contact our Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC) Karen Troxell.