Spare the Air Employer Program

Commute Solutions

As you review your survey results, consider these questions to help you select the best commute solutions for your employees:

Now You’re Ready to Start

Once you’ve considered these factors, you’re ready to start putting together a commute program tailored for your employees. The program you design may include the following:

  • Information – This can include transit and shuttle schedules, resources for finding carpools and vanpools, details on HOV and express lanes and other infrastructure supports, tips for successful bicycle commuting or even policies to allow telework.
  • Assistance – This can include hands-on trip planning with an employee to review their commute options; this can be tremendously helpful in encouraging them to overcome barriers to trying an alternative. If you don’t have time to do this one-on-one, consider offering group commute consultation sessions on a regular basis, e.g., every other Monday at lunchtime.
  • Supports – These can include infrastructure supports such as lockers, racks, and showers for bike commuters, or programmatic supports like finding a carpool partner or helping a commuter get home in an emergency via a guaranteed ride home program.
  • Incentives – These come in all forms and can range from ongoing benefits to one-time rewards. Ongoing incentives include a pre-tax transit benefit program or vanpool subsidies, or possibly preferential parking for carpools and vanpools. A one-off incentive could be a reward that program participants earn or win. One-off rewards can be financial, but some employers may find it easier to offer perks like extra vacation time.

One more note: Employees with alternative fuel vehicles often believe they are already doing their part by not using a “gas guzzler.” While this definitely helps reduce their carbon footprint, it does not reduce congestion, which also contributes to air pollution. Alternative fuel vehicles on the road still result in extra cars on the road, increasing idling time for conventional vehicles. Encourage these employees to consider taking a passenger – eliminating not one but two conventional fuel vehicles from the road while also reducing congestion.

Visit The Ultimate Commute Program Resource for links to a variety of how tos and best practices in designing your commute program.