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using this presentation
Using this presentation

This presentation is designed to be a useful tool for promoting Best Workplaces for CommutersSM. With that in mind:

  • There is no need to use all the slides. Use only those that support your message and apply to your audience.
  • Feel free to add local, regional and other specific information, either on the indicated slides or with additional slides.
  • If you have any questions about the information on these slides or would like any other clarifications, please contact the BWC team prior to using them.

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Best Workplaces for CommutersSM






your city traffic facts
[YOUR CITY] Traffic Facts
national perspective on local traffic woes
National Perspective on Local Traffic Woes
  • Problem for energy security
    • Our cars burn 8.5 million barrels of oil each day – 42.5% of total U.S. daily oil consumption
    • 2.3 billion gallons of fuel are wasted each year due to engines idling in traffic jams
  • Problem for businesses and workers
    • “Rush hour” now 6 to 7 hours per day
    • Total traffic delay now 3.7 billion hours per year
    • $63 billion per year in lost worker productivity and fuel
commuting and the environment
Commuting and the Environment
  • Vehicle emissions contribute to air pollution and global climate change
    • 1 gal. gasoline = 20 lbs. of climate change pollution (CO2)
    • Passenger vehicles cause 20% of U.S. climate change pollution
  • Air pollution and global climate change are on the rise
    • Miles driven have nearly tripled since 1970, rising to 3 trillion miles per year
    • SUVs and minivans account for half of all vehicles sold and pollute more than cars
    • In the U.S., almost 80% of all

commuting trips are “drive-alone”

costs to commuters
Costs to Commuters
  • Commuting costs American workers money
    • Average gasoline cost of $700/year

(assuming $2.42/gallon)

  • Commuting costs American workers time
    • Almost 500 vehicle trips/year
    • 16 to 47 high-stress hours delayed in traffic, tripled since 1982
is change possible
Is Change Possible?

These facts indicate --- YES!

  • Rising gas prices are influencing commuter behavior

(National Commuter Survey, Sept/Oct. 2005)

      • 39% now seeking carpool and transit opportunities.
      • 55% anticipate changing behavior if commuter benefits

were offered by their employers.

      • 25% anticipate using commuter benefits at least

3 times per week.

  • In addition -

(2001 Career Builder Survey, HR Magazine, Oct. 2001)

      • Nearly 50% of workers describe their

commute as unsatisfying or stressful.

      • 36% of workers would take a 10%

pay cut for a shorter commute.

how do we encourage change
How Do We Encourage Change?
  • Offer commuter benefits!
    • Employees with commuter benefits are more than

4 times more likely to use transit than those who don’t have them. (2001 Xylo Survey)

    • U.S. employers spend $36 billion annually on employee parking.

(KPMG Peat Marwick study)

what commuter benefits can do
What Commuter Benefits Can Do
  • When employers provide an outstanding level of commuter benefits, 10% to 20% of employees will shift transportation “modes”
what is best workplaces for commuters sm
What is Best Workplaces for CommutersSM?
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation nationally recognize employers that meet or exceed a National Standard of Excellence in commuter benefits
  • As of February 2006, EPA has recognized
    • 1,500 employers
    • 20 Best Workplaces for

Commuters Districts

    • 3 million commuters are covered
  • Hundreds of supporting organizations in cities across the country are helping

promote Best Workplaces for


meeting the standard of excellence
Meeting the Standard of Excellence
  • Designate contact person, centralize information, and disseminate benefits information to employees
  • Offer excellent commuter benefits package
    • Guaranteed/Emergency Ride Home program
    • One of four primary options
    • Three or more supporting options

(only 1 if < 20 employees)

  • Meet participation level (14% non-drive alone)
  • Report success
    • Annual electronic check-in
    • Some employers selected to collaborate with EPA on an employee survey
primary commuting options
Primary Commuting Options

Choose one:

  • Transit/vanpool subsidy
  • Telework
  • Parking cash-out
  • Employer proposal
supporting commuting options
Supporting Commuting Options

Choose 3 (only 1 if < 20 employees):

  • Active membership in TMA
  • Bike lockers and showers
  • Co-located with shops, day care, etc.
  • Preferred parking for carpools/vanpools
  • Compressed/flexible work schedules
  • Rideshare matching
  • Awards program
  • Shuttles
  • For other options,

visit the BWC Web site

Employers qualifying as Best Workplaces for CommutersSM are
  • Innovative
  • Competitive
  • Savvy
  • Progressive
  • Leaders
why employers become best workplaces for commuters sm
Why Employers Become Best Workplaces for CommutersSM

Distinguishes them from the competition:

  • Gives an advantage in recruiting

& retaining the best employees

  • Showcases their superior

commuter benefits

Demonstrates their

environmental leadership:

  • Shows they care about community quality of life
  • Helps alleviate road congestion and improve air quality
  • Provides recognition that senior management appreciates
why employers become best workplaces for commuters sm1
Why Employers Become Best Workplaces for CommutersSM
  • Makes good business sense:
    • Can save employers money and reduce demand for parking spaces
    • Provides a benefit that employees value
    • Helps meet government trip reduction goals, if applicable
why communities are promoting best workplaces for commuters sm
Why Communities are promoting Best Workplaces for CommutersSM
  • Helps meet air quality requirements and reduces traffic congestion

- In Houston, Best Workplaces for Commuters is part of the metro-regional strategy to meet air quality standards and part of the Houston State Implementation Plan

- 245,192 employees covered in 2005 (100% increase over 2004)

- Environmental and Energy Impacts (2005):

Vehicle miles reduced - 266 million miles per year

Gasoline saved - 12+ million gallons

CO2 emissions avoided - 122,000 metric tons

NOx emissions avoided- 300 tons per year

  • Strategy for local Economic Development

- In Atlanta, Cumberland Galleria Business District contributes to local economy

- 60,000 employees covered

- Developers finance commuter benefits to attract and retain tenants


National Program Results as of February 2006

  • Best Workplaces for Commuters has designated:

- 1500 employers

- 20 BWC Districts

- 3 million employees covered in 32 states

  • Metro area campaigns have expanded to more than 15 metro areas
  • Annual energy and pollution savings

- 178 million gallons of gas

- $429 million (average 2006 price of $2.42/gal.)

- 1.56 million metric tons CO2

- 4200 tons NOx

- 2300 tons VOCs


Salary Increase vs. Transit Subsidy Monthly Comparison

Employer Cost Comparison

Salary Increase

Transit Subsidy

Initial Cost



FICA Cost (7.65%)



Parking Space Operational Costs



Corporate Inc. Tax Savings (40%)



Net Employer Cost/ Month



Employee Benefit Comparison

Salary Increase

Transit Subsidy

Initial Benefit



FICA Cost (7.65%)



Federal Income Tax (28%)



State Income Tax(6%)



Net Employee Benefit/ Month



Business Case: Tax and Cost Savings

* Parking Cost data from International Parking Institute 2004

best workplaces for commuters districts
Best Workplaces for Commuters Districts
  • All employees within the district are offered commuter benefits that meet the National Standard of Excellence
  • Districts include business parks, downtown areas, shopping centers, rural business centers, etc.
  • Size of districts vary: 1,200 – 115,000 employees
  • Currently, there are 20 BWC Districts in 7 states Examples:
    • Cumberland (Atlanta): Vanpool Subsidies
    • City of Boulder: EcoPasses
    • South Florida Education Center: Free shuttles connecting 5 campuses with transit

Promoting Commuter Benefits at

largest U.S. Companies

  • EPA and community partners are challenging companies from the FORTUNE 500 to offer outstanding benefits to their employees
  • In the Fall of 2005, EPA released its 2nd annual list from the FORTUNE 500
      • Recognizing nearly 90 national companies
      • Almost 600,000 employees covered
      • Saving 29+ million gallons of gasoline per year

2005 FORTUNE 500 - Top 20

Ranking based on percentage of each company’s U. S. workforce at facilities that qualify as BWC


2005 FORTUNE 500 List

Employers with 10% or more

of employees covered

Pitney Bowes


Southern Company


Time Warner

Walt Disney

Washington Mutual

WellChoice (Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield)




Applied Materials


American Express


CenterPoint Energy

Charles Scwab






Guidant Corporation

Ingram Micro


New York Life Insurance


Northwestern Mutual

Occidental Petroleum


Peabody Energy

*in alphabetical order

media across the nation
Media Across the Nation
  • New York Times, “Calling all ‘Commuter Choice’ employers”
  • Wall Street Journal, “EPA plans to offer incentives to curb ‘sprawl’ pollution”
  • Detroit Free Press, “Commuting pays: tired of traffic and air pollution?”
  • Philadelphia Inquirer, “Some companies offer cash to encourage carpooling”
  • Oakland Tribune, “EPA launches commuter incentive program”
  • Rocky Mountain News, “EPA pushes benefit for commuters”
human resource leaders take note
Human Resource Leaders Take Note
  • HR News, “EPA, DOT challenge employers…get on commuting bandwagon”
  • Employee Benefit News, “Government initiative rewards alternative transportation”
  • WorldatWork’s Workspan, “Employees give commuter benefits the green light”
  • Alliance for Work/Life Professionals Work/Life Watcher, “Federal Initiative rewards employers who provide commuter benefits”
  • Employee Benefits Digest, “Commuter benefits: Employers get green light”
your city news coverage
[YOUR CITY] News Coverage


what employers are saying
What Employers are Saying

“ Getting and retaining the best employees is critical to success in today’s business world. Being recognized as a Best Workplaces for CommutersSM is a win-win way to benefit your company, your employees, and your community.”

- Hewlett-Packard Company (San Francisco Bay Area, CA)

“We became a Best Workplaces for CommutersSM to support our ‘triple bottom line’ (people, planet, profits). This program contributes to our social bottom line providing a fulfilling work experience; helps us care for the environment; and allows us to be more competitive by attracting the best employees to our company. This, of course, contributes to our economic bottom line.”

- Idyll, Ltd. (Philadelphia, PA)

"Best Workplaces for CommutersSMcomplements our business programs by recognizing employers who offer transit benefits to their employees. Every time an employer subsidizes transit through an RTD program, they're helping reduce the number of cars on the road, which alleviates traffic problems for all of us."

- Regional Transportation District (Denver, CO)

how to participate
How to Participate

To learn more about becoming one of the Best Workplaces for CommutersSM or supporting a metro area campaign:

  • Visit
  • Call the Toll-Free Information Request Line at 888 856-3131
  • E-mail <>