Getting to Work: A Resource Guide for Employers and Commuters
Increasingly, commuters are realizing the many benefits that can be enjoyed by choosing smart commute options over driving single occupancy vehicles to and from work. These benefits include individual financial savings; individual time savings, improved air quality, conservation of non-renewable resources, increased employer productivity and in some cases improved quality of life and better health. Smart commute options are often referred to as Rideshare Programs or Alternative Transportation; these programs can take many forms, such as:
• Public Transit
• Transportation network companies (TNC) such as Uber, or Lyft
The increased use of smart commute options offers many positive effects, not only for individuals but also for communities, economies and the environment. No matter which smart commute option an individual chooses, these options result in increased savings associated with vehicle maintenance, depreciation, parking costs and fuel consumption. In addition, smart commuting reduces congestion, particularly in densely populated commercial and residential areas with lots of large employers. With less congestion due to smart commuting, downtown parking spaces are freed up for potentially valuable productive real estate, greenspace, plazas or squares that would engender a sense of place to the community and improve its walkability, economic vitality, and quality of life for everyone.
The Getting to Work Resource Guide outlines the benefits of smart commuting and identifies several existing Federal, State, and Local programs. The commuter guide concludes with a guide to action for three potential end users: Employers, Employees, and Processors/Human Resource staff who, more than likely, will be administering their smart commute programs for their respective organizations on a day to day basis.