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March 2017

Announcing
2017 Best Workplaces for Commuters
 

On January 31, 2017,  Best Workplaces for CommutersSM named 231 U.S.-based companies to receive 2017 Best Workplaces for Commuters national recognition. This designation recognizes employers that offer exceptional employer-provided commuter benefits that meet National Standard of Excellence criteria.  

The release was distributed on a national newswire and to a targeted list of transportation and TDM industry/trade publications. Members received a media kit, including a press release template, logo, fact sheet and approved talking points for media.  Members also received a social media kit that they can use on their social media platforms.  Kits include messaging examples, photos, and relevant hashtags.  

Scroll down to see the full list of BWC members and link to their website, or view by category using the buttons below.

Read the full press release

 

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“The 231 companies designated as the 2017 Best Workplaces for Commuters are part of a national movement,” said Julie Bond, program manager for Best Workplaces for Commuters. “Companies are recognizing that it makes good business sense to provide commuter benefits, such as subsidizing bus fares, designating parking for carpoolers or allowing employees to work from home.”

2017 List of Best Workplaces for Commuters

Want to join the list?  We will be accepting new applications for the 2018 Best Workplaces for Commuters list beginning on September 1, 2017.  Questions?  Contact Best Workplaces for Commuters Program Manager, Julie Bond.

Carpooling by Occupation
So who does carpool?  Recently, BWC used the American Community Survey’s Public Use Micro Sample (PUMS) data from 2015 (most recent data available) and looked at carpool share by occupation.  We examined share within the occupations and the largest shares of all of carpoolers. Table 1 below shows the Top 15 occupations that have at least 20% who carpool.  Railroad conductors and Yardmasters had the lowest share at 2%.
Table 2 below shows that Elementary and Middle School Teachers represent about one-third of nearly 9% of all commuters who carpool.  Those workers in “Animal control” occupation had the lowest number of carpoolers (animals don’t count as carpoolers).  See complete list of 440 occupations for Table 1 and Table 2.
Commuter Choice Certificate Program
 
Registration is now open for the 2017 Commuter Choice Certificate Program.  New this year is a 20% discount for 2017 Best Workplaces for Commuters’ members in good standing.

This year 16 courses will be taught in an instructor-led webinar format. 

The certificate program is free for Florida residents but open to non-Florida residents for a modest cost, too (see below). 

Webinar classes are held almost every Wednesday from 12:00 to 1:00 PM (Eastern).  All online sessions taught live and are recorded for playback those times when you have a schedule conflict.

The certificate program is offered by the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) and is sponsored by the Florida Department of Transportation. You need 80 credits to earn the Commuter Choice Certificate with courses earning typically 2 or 4 credits with about 50 credits offered each year. 
What courses are offered?

We are offering 16 different courses in 2017, including  Commuter Tax Benefits,  Changing Travel Behavior by Time and Place, Estimating TDM Societal Costs and Benefits Using TRIMMS, and Introduction to Social Marketing. 

We also are introducing several new courses including Introduction to Theories of Behavior Change, How to Concept Test and Pre-test Marketing Materials, and Incorporating TDM Services and Infrastructure into the Land Development Process, including Complete Streets.  

For complete list of courses, view the 2017 Course Guide for a brief description and learning objectives for these and other courses in the Commuter Choice Certificate program.  Note the course descriptions include courses not currently on the 2017 schedule.  Not every course is taught every year.  
 
View the 2017 Course Guide
Cost:

•    FREE for Florida Residents, sponsored by the Florida Department of Transportation.

•   $200 for Non-Florida Residents who work for an organization on the 2017 List of Best Workplaces for Commuters, if registration is made by April 14, 2017. This includes all 16 courses.

•    $250 for Non-Florida Residents.  Includes all 16 courses (an $800 value) or $50 per course.  

Payment may be made using our secure, online payment system.  

For any questions, please contact Phil Winters.
 
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Survey: Hospital Commute Programs for Employees

We have been contacted by Seattle Children's, a Best Workplace for Commuters member, that is seeking information from other hospitals with leading commute programs. Seattle Children's is always looking for ways to continually improve and learn from others. In particular they are interested in learning more about medical institutions that: subsidize housing for employees/help employees find commute-friendly housing, support telework and flexwork options for shift and non-shift workers, and have focused efforts on commuting for night-shift workers, since hospitals are often 24/7 operations.

This brief survey should take 10 minutes or less.  The last question gives hospitals the option with whom you are willing to share your responses (doing so enables you to also receive responses).
 
Please complete this brief survey.
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