Emission Reduction Plan - Overview

UPDATE:  Due to COVID-19, the City has reorganized its operations and suspended portions of our TDM program through October 8, 2024:

  • Beginning October 8, 2020, the Emission Reduction Plan is only required for employers with 50+ employees while the program is suspended.
  • Employers with 49 or fewer employees would not be required to submit an ERP while the program is suspended. 

With this document you will submit information about how your employees get to and from work. Take the following steps to ensure compliance with City regulation and play your role in making Santa Monica the best place to live, work, and play.

Quick Tasks


Attend an ETC Training

Complete your ERP online

Find your target AVR

Sign Up for the GoSaMo newsletter


GoSaMo Transportation Management Organization

Download on-site transportation information

Frequently Asked Questions

ERP Roadmap

Employer TDM Ordinance Basics 


1. Designate and certify an Employee Transportation Coordinator

An employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC) is the person responsible for the development and administration of the Emission Reduction Plan. Any person at your organization may become a certified ETC by attending a class. Employers with 250 or more employees bust be certified with the SCAQMD, while those with fewer employees can certify with a City of Santa Monica approved instructor. 


Upcoming dates and contacts for instructors can be found at www.gosamo.org/events


2. Survey employees annually about how they get to work

Average Vehicle Ridership (AVR) compares how many vehicles are coming to your worksite versus the number of employees. AVR is measured by asking your employees how they got to and from work during a 5-day period. Every worksite has a target AVR, which varies depending on location. Target AVR is determined by a worksite's proximity to transit and areas of high congestion. 

Find your worksite's target AVR at www.smgov.net/TargetAVR


3. Reach your target AVR

All employers are required to create a TDM plan that will encourage employees to ride their bikes, walk, use public transit, or carpool to work, among other more sustainable options. Ongoing education, supportive policies, and financial incentives are strategies your business can utilize to increase AVR. Programs utilizing parking charges, transit pass reimbursements, and telework policies are effective in reducing vehicle trips and reaching your target AVR. 

Many resources are available to help employers succeed at www.gosamo.org/tmo


4. Complete your Emission Reduction Plan online

Most of the tools you need to complete the Emission Reduction Plan are available online. By using the online system, your surveys, calculations, and analysis are highly automated. 

Begin your ERP at go.citygro.ws/city-of-santa-monica


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