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    Rethink your commute.

    Cyclists always get the best parking spots.

     
  • Slide - Try Transit

    Rethink Your Commute. Try Transit.

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

  • Slide - Vanpool

    Rethink Your Commute. Share a Ride.

    Carpool to work and mid-day meetings.

     
  • Slide - Train

    Rethink Your Commute.

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

  • Slide - Bike

    Rethink Your Commute. Ride a Bike.

    Ride a bike for part or all of your commute.

  • Slide - Traffic

    Rethink Your Commute.

    Who wants to deal with the hassles of traffic?

     
  • Slide - Shuttle

    Rethink Your Commute.

    Ride a Commute.org shuttle to or from transit.

Find a carpool partner

Find commuters who have similar travel patterns with whom you can share a ride.

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February 18 - Reimagine the Commute

Free Symposium for San Mateo County Employers

As we know, strong economic growth has led to increased traffic congestion, particularly on Highway 101.

If you are an employer interested in learning what is planned to reduce congestion and how you can help employees improve their daily commutes, please join the conversation by attending this free symposium.

Network with your peers and hear presentations from:

  • - Ratna Amin, SPUR
  • - Mark Simon, San Mateo County Transit District
  • - Sandy Wong, C/CAG of San Mateo County
  • - Elham Shirazi, e-planning (telework and alternative work schedules)
  • - Kerry Haywood, ACT
  • - Karen Sumner, Commute.org

Click here for more information, including shuttle service and parking info.

  • When: 10:30 am - 1:30 pm - Feb. 18, 2016
  • Where: Gilead Sciences, Foster City
  • RSVP: Required by Feb. 10

Click here to register

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Great news for commuters and employers

The recent tax and spending package signed into law last month included a provision that increases the maximum allowable transit benefit from $130/month to $255/month. This bill permanently restores parity between transit and parking benefits and allows commuters who take public transit or vanpool to save on their transportation costs.

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This increase applies to companies offering both subsidized transit benefits as well as those allowing employees to contribute pre-tax salary towards their transit or vanpool commuting costs.

For employees, ask your employer about increasing your transit benefit amount for 2016. The increase will be especially helpful for long distance commuters who travel on BART, Caltrain, and SF Bay Ferry.

For example, a monthly pass to ride Caltrain from San Francisco to Menlo Park currently costs $179 and a month riding BART roundtrip from Berkeley to Millbrae can cost over $200.

For employers, encourage your employees to increase their benefit amount if needed. This is a valuable employee benefit that can increase satisfaction among staff and also provide tax benefits to your bottom line. Whether you implement direct, pre-tax or combination, this is a win for all commuters and employers.

If your company does not currently provide a benefit to employees (read article below to see if you might be required to do so), you could be missing out on significant tax savings while also lacking a key employee recruitment and retention strategy. Commute.org can assist your organization in learning more about the pre-tax commuter benefits.

Contact Commute.org’s Employer Outreach team for more information on enhancing your company’s employee commuter benefits in 2016.

Commute Mode Survey Results

Commute.org commissioned Godbe Research to conduct a survey of San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Alameda County commuters to better understand commute behavior and identify trends, with the following research objectives:

  • Assess primary transportation mode choices;
  • Understand reasons for driving alone;
  • Determine potential motivators and influencers for taking alternative modes of transportation;
  • Determine commute specifics and gauge perceptions on commutes; and,
  • Identify any differences due to demographic and/or behavioral characteristics.

The survey was conducted online and had over 900 participants. 55% of the participants work in San Mateo County, 20% work in San Francisco and 19% work in Santa Clara County.

The drive-alone rate dropped to 66.2% while Caltrain ridership rose to 8% (a record high for our Commute Mode surveys). 6.5% of the commuters use BART as their primary mode while 3.8% are regular carpool or vanpool commuters.

The largest increase from prior surveys was in the "Work at Home/Telecommute" category which jumped to 6.1%.

trafficNot surprisingly, nearly 54% of the respondents indicated that their commute has gotten worse or much worse in the past year. This compares with only 43% responding that way in the prior year.

While the drive-alone rate is still high, it was encouraging to note that nearly 28% of those drivers indicated that it was possible for them to carpool one or two days a week. Working irregular hours and needing a vehicle before or after work were the two most common reasons given for why those commuters do not carpool on a regular basis.

For a copy of the Topline Survey Results document, please click here. For further information about the annual survey, please contact John Ford, Executive Director.