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    Rethink Your Commute. Share a Ride.

    Carpool to work and mid-day meetings.

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    Rethink your commute.

    Cyclists always get the best parking spots.

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    Rethink Your Commute.

    Catch up on work or grab a nap on your way.

  • Slide - Traffic

    Rethink Your Commute.

    Who wants to deal with the hassles of traffic?

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    Rethink Your Commute. Ride a Bike.

    Ride a bike for part or all of your commute.

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    Rethink Your Commute. Try Transit.

    Use Caltrain, BART, SamTrans or SF Bay Ferry to get to San Mateo County.

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    Rethink Your Commute.

    Ride a Commute.org shuttle to or from transit.

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One Reason Commutes are Getting Tougher in San Mateo County

One drawback of a strong economy is an increase in the number of vehicles using the highways and major surface streets. While we are thrilled that the San Francisco Bay Area economy is leading the nation, we know the impact it has on residents and commuters alike.

According to the Employment Development Department, the unemployment rate in San Mateo County was 3.3 percent in June 2015, down from a revised 4.2 percent in June 2014. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 6.2 percent for California and 5.5 percent for the nation during the same period.

Other key statistics from 2014 include:

  • 25,800 businesses are located in San Mateo County, up 4 percent from the same period in 2013
  • 71 firms with at least 500 workers, accounting for 25 percent of the county’s jobs
  • 78 percent of businesses in the county employed fewer than 10 employees, but they accounted for only 13 percent of jobs covered by unemployment insurance

These statistics are important for the agency to understand and use to improve our impact on traffic and peak-hour congestion in San Mateo County.

Employers with 50 or more full-time employees in the Bay Area are required to register. Employers that have not yet registered are still required to do so as soon as possible. Qualifying employers must offer their employees one of four Commuter Benefit options in order to comply with Air District Regulation 14, Rule 1.

Commuter benefits encourage employees to take transit, vanpool, carpool, bicycle and walk rather than drive alone to work.

Commute.org is working with MTC and BAAQMD to provide support and guidance to businesses in San Mateo County. We encourage employers to read the information about the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program provided on the 511.org web site.

If you have questions about the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program, please contact us at Commute.org and we will guide you through the process.