Building an Employee Commute Program

Assisting employees with their commutes has become an increasingly important issue for organizations. Addressing this issue in a meaningful way is critical to employee recruitment and retention. While a robust commuter program can help your employees and your bottom line, it can also make a significant impact on environmental sustainability and overall quality of life in the Bay Area.

Commute.org is here to help employers develop commuter programs to encourage employees to make smart transportation choices: carpooling; vanpooling; taking a bus, train, shuttle or ferry; biking; and walking.

Benefits of an Employee Commute Program

  • Improve recruitment & retention
  • Happier, less stressed employees
  • Productivity goes up and absenteeism goes down
  • Reduce your organization's carbon footprint

Determine Your Goals and Strategies

Your Commute.org Programs Representative can help determine the best strategies, services and programs to implement to achieve your goals, such as: improving recruitment and retention, reducing parking congestion, helping the environment and complying with regulations.

In general, Commute.org recommends:

  • Adopting as many programs and services as possible to give employees choices when considering their commute alternatives.
  • Focusing programs primarily on those that eliminate the need for a car at work, and discourage single-occupant vehicle commuting.
  • Cross-promoting programs and services with eco-friendly messages.
  • Complying with all mandates required by law, such as the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program.

Implement Your Employee Commute Program

Commute programs and services vary in their time and financial commitments, so start where appropriate for your organization and build from there. The key to success is making sure your employees know and understand the programs available to them, but the more options available, the better.

The easiest and most affordable way to start an employee commute program is to promote the existing public transportation close to your worksite. Commute.org can provide you a tabletop stand of brochures and schedules - free of charge - for your reception desk or break room. Request yours today.

Every business has unique commuter transportation needs, so to select the best programs for you, begin with a complimentary commute analysis with your Commute.org Programs Representative. Your Representative can help determine the best ways to boost your commuter program - often by implementing free or low-cost solutions.

Wherever you are in the process of building your Employee Commute Program, contact Commute.org for any assistance. We're here for you!

Contact Your Programs Representative

Learn the tricks that veteran San Mateo County commuters know and use to speed up their daily commute:

Diamond Lanes - These reserved fast lanes require at least 2 or 3 people per vehicle. You can take advantage of the less traveled diamond lanes with a carpool, vanpool, or by riding a bus.

Electric Vehicles - Never "gas up" again and ride in Diamond Lanes, even with one person in the car.

Park & Ride - Meet a carpool or vanpool at one of the over 150 free Park and Ride Lots in the Bay Area.

Shuttles - Shuttles generally provide a more direct, shorter route that is faster than a bus, and are often free to riders. Commute.org can even help you start one of your own!

Bikes - Use your bike to link to transit. Bike commuting means no more parking hassles and many systems now let you take your bike with you or provide safe lockers for you to store it in.

Walking - Turn your commute-or at least the distance from home to transit or transit to your office-into a daily workout. You will burn less gas and a lot more calories.

Commute.org provides the following programs to make commuting a little easier:

Vanpooling - We pay you to start or join a vanpool and help you set it up!

Bike and pedestrian safety meetings - Learn how to make walking and biking a fun and safe part of your commute plus enter to win great prizes such as bike helmets.

 TRY TRANSIT program - Free transit tickets!

Safe Bicycling in San Mateo County (handbook)  - Learn to ride safely and confidently!