The City of Austin was named for the second year in a row as one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters for offering employees exceptional commuter benefits that meet the National Standard of Excellence criteria.
“The City of Austin is one of the top employers in the nation offering high-level commuter benefits to their employees,” said Julie Bond, Program Manager for Best Workplaces for Commuters. “They made the list because they offer a variety of transportation choices that give its employees the support they need to get to and from work and be at their best before, during, and after their work day. The companies on this list understand the importance and positive impact commuter benefits have on their employees, the environment and the workplace.”
The City of Austin is among a select group of workplaces in the United States that have committed to employer-provided commuter benefits that result in at least 14 percent of their employee base not driving alone to work within a 12-month period. The City of Austin offers employees several commuter benefit options, including:
- Free Capital Metro transit passes
- Free memberships for B-cycle, a bike-sharing service
- Subsidized vanpools
- Compressed and flexible work schedules
- Showers and facilities for active commuters
- Enrollment in Smart Commute Rewards, the City’s commuter incentive program
“The City of Austin is proud to join the list of Best Workplaces for Commuters for the second year in a row,” said Robert Spillar, Director of the Austin Transportation Department. “In our commitment to sustainable mobility, we aim to double the percentage of City employees taking sustainable commutes and hope to lead by example. In partnership with Movability, our region’s transportation mobility association, the City of Austin has also challenged other employers in Austin to do so as well.”
The Best Workplaces for Commuters program offers designated organizations access to a range of support services to assess and promote non-driving commuting of employees, including organizational assessment and implementation tool-kits, web-based tools and webinars, staff training, and information exchange.