Commute Considerations After COVID-19 Restrictions Lift
Roadmap to Telework
Learn from the successes and hiccups from one organization rolling out its telework policy, as well as learn the difference between routine scheduled telework and situational telework. Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics, offers data on productivity, cost savings, and retention for workplaces taking advantage of telework.
Panel: Virtual Connection and Culture
Don't let remote work erode your organizational culture, social bonds, and connection to purpose. As the months of working from home wear on, many organizations are beginning to worry their people are feeling disconnected from the company's culture and sense of purpose. In this webinar, Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics, moderates a conversation with remote work pioneers Mohammed Chahdi, Director of HR Operations at Dell and Amy Freshman, Senior Director of HR at ADP, to learn how they have tackled these challenges in their organizations.
Watch the recording (access passcode: 2@Fxr1SA).
Cut the Commute Pledge
Commute.org, in collaboration with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), is encouraging employers in San Mateo County to pledge that they will make telework an option for their employees. The pledge encourages those employers to support telework 25% or 1 to 2 days per week for staff who can work remotely.
Best Workplaces for Commuters Telework Certificate Program
Best Workplaces for Commuters offers a five-part Teleworker Certification Series to help managers and their employees succeed in working remotely. Read more about the program and register here.
Telework & Flex-Schedules Toolkit
Teleworking & the STAR Platform (my.commute.org)
New to teleworking? Check out our tip sheet on staying productive while working from home.
When you work from home, you can still participate in Commute.org programs offered on the STAR Platform (such as our quarterly promotions and the STAR Store). To log your telework days, visit my.commute.org or open the Commute Tracker app. Log your "trip" the same as your normal commute, but select "telework" as the mode. Refer to the graphic below or you can contact email@example.com with any questions.
BAY AREA HEALTHY TRANSIT PLAN
The transit operators in the nine Bay Area counties, have joined forces to initiate research, study U.S. and international efforts, and review information from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), to develop common commitments and expectations for employees and passengers in Bay Area transit systems.
From this work, they developed Riding Together: Bay Area Healthy Transit Plan. Development of the plan included collaboration with regional leaders, transit workers, paratransit providers, rider advocates, public health experts, and others.
To download a copy of the plan, please click here.
The Bay Area's transit agencies developed a dashboard to show four key metrics that show how each of the transit agencies in the region is doing in partnership with customers and the shared responsibilities we all have for reducing the spread of COVID-19.
To view the dashboard, please click here.
Update on COVID-19 Response and Resources
September 4, 2020
Commute.org continues to serve commuters, employers and residents of San Mateo County during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our shuttle program was deemed an "essential public transit" operation; therefore, we have been providing service since the original shelter in place orders went into effect in March. The shuttles are adhering to County Health Department and CDC guidelines in terms of protocols for drivers and passengers. Please visit the Shuttle pages on this site for detailed information on those protocols and for information on specific routes.
Most of the Commute.org team is working remotely; however, staff is available at our South San Francisco office if you need assistance. Contact information for our teams are included below. Please take a moment to scroll through this page to find resources and links that might be of assistance to you in these challenging times. If you need help planning your commute or need assistance with your employee transportation program, please do not hesitate to contact us.
April 21, 2020
Commute.org would like to remind shuttle passengers that effective Wednesday, April 22nd, all passengers must wear face coverings in order to board a shuttle. This requirement comes from the San Mateo County Health Order c19-8.
We have continued operating most of our shuttles with many of them operating on modified schedules. We encourage riders to check the web page for their route and/or contact our shuttle team to confirm schedules. We are honored to be able to provide transportation to those who are working essential jobs during this pandemic. We thank the drivers and operations staff who are providing this valuable service.
April 6, 2020
Commute.org continues to operate shuttles and serve the public. The majority of our staff are working remotely. Shuttle schedules have been altered to better serve the public transit riders whose jobs have been deemed "essential" and still rely on the shuttles for first/last mile transportation to their work sites. Further reductions in BART and/or Caltrain service will likely require us to modify or possibly suspend service on additional routes. We will do our best to give passengers as much advance notice as possible if/when reductions are required.
Our Employer and Commuter teams are working with San Mateo County businesses and commuters to disseminate information regarding telework best practices and tips. They have also created a challenge in the STAR platform that rewards participants for logging their telework trips. Of course, anyone who is still commuting by a non-drive alone mode can log their trips and be included in the challenge.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or need assistance. Our contact information is shown at the bottom of this page.
March 16, 2020
The "shelter in place" order goes into effect at midnight on Monday (3/16). Commute.org plans to operate all shuttles on regular schedules in an attempt to help those in our community that rely on public transportation to get to their workplaces and whose jobs are considered essential. We will continue to provide shuttles as long as our vendor is able to operate the service or until we are instructed to do otherwise.
Please check back with us frequently as our plans are subject to change. Contact information is shown at the bottom of this page.
March 13, 2020
The very real threat and spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to have an increased impact on our communities and workplaces, we want to share with you what Commute.org is doing to maintain a healthy and safe environment for our shuttle passengers and staff. Additionally, we want to share ways to keep you updated as circumstances change and offer you some resources that might be helpful during this time.
The health and safety of our passengers, employees, and communities is our highest priority. Our actions are informed by San Mateo County Health and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), along with guidance from local and U.S. government agencies.March 13, 2020
As the very real threat and spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to have an increased impact on our communities and workplaces, we want to share with you what Commute.org is doing to maintain a healthy and safe environment for our shuttle passengers and staff. Additionally, we want to share ways to keep you updated as circumstances change and offer you some resources that might be helpful during this time.
The health and safety of our passengers, employees, and communities is our highest priority. Our actions are informed by San Mateo County Health and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), along with guidance from local and U.S. government agencies.
RESOURCES FOR TELEWORKING
Many employers are encouraging their employees to work remotely. For employers that have protocols and technology already in place, this transition is likely to be smooth. For those employers who are trying to enact alternative work arrangements for the first time or at an increased level, we have identified resources that might be helpful:
For general advice, please refer to guidelines from the CDC and WHO, as well as the recommendations included in the Association for Commuter Transportation 's "Supporting Commuters Returning to Worksites" report.
If you are looking for advice specific to ridesharing (carpooling and vanpooling), you can find recommendations from the CDC here. You can also check out the guidelines provided by Scoop and Commute with Enterprise.
In addition, be sure to stay up to date on the protocols for using ridehailing services such as Lyft and Uber.
With the situation in flux, conditions may change and change quite quickly. Please stay informed and connected to us, especially should new protocols be issued. For your convenience, we offer multiple ways for you to stay in contact with us.
- Commute.org is open 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
- 650-588-8170 (general questions)
- 650-588-1600 (shuttle related questions)
For route-specific information, we recommend that shuttle passengers and employers sign up for Text Alerts. Details on how to sign up can be found at this link: commute.org/alerts.
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FY2019 Annual Report
We are proud to announce the release of our annual report for the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2019. The report can be viewed or downloaded by clicking on the image below.
Please let us know what you think. If you have any comments regarding our annual report, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect on Twitter @SMCountyCommute.
Commute.org Statement: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
March 5, 2020
As a result of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the San Francisco Bay Area, Commute.org is monitoring the situation and maintaining regular contact with local public transit agencies, the shuttle vendor and the San Mateo County Health Department. Commute.org manages over 20 commuter shuttles that operate primarily in San Mateo County. The vehicles are owned and operated by MV Transportation under contracts with Commute.org, SamTrans and Caltrain.
As reported by the CDC, the immediate risk posed by COVID-19 to the public remains relatively low. However, we understand this can raise concerns about safety in public spaces, including Commute.org shuttles. Therefore, we want to remind passengers about CDC-recommended precautions everyone should take onboard public transit to prevent the spread of illnesses:
- Wash your hands with soap and water before and after riding public transit. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid eating while onboard.
- Do not cough into your hands. Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow.
- Stay home if you are sick.
While Commute.org shuttles are regularly cleaned and sanitized, following these recommendations is the best way to prevent the spread of illnesses onboard. Commute.org has also shared preventative information with MV Transportation to ensure that their staff can remain safe and healthy when serving the public.
For the latest information about COVID-19 in San Mateo County, please refer to information and guidance provided by the following public health agencies:
We will continue to monitor the situation and respond as necessary in partnership with our public health and transportation partners.
Executive Director, Commute.org