Employer location and workforce culture informs which transportation modes are best to promote. The information below helps identify the commute modes best to promote at your workplace. Then click the icons to learn about employer strategies you can implement to encourage your employees to use that mode.
Commute Modes - Your Worksite, Your Workforce
Promoting transit works best for companies located within ¼ mile of bus stops, or within 2 miles of "trunk line" transit services like Caltrain, BART, ACE Rail and Express Bus lines. The larger the employer, the more likely it is that employees are served by those transit options at the home end as well. Transit is easier to use if the employer allows flexibile work start and end times.
Promoting carpooling works best at worksites with 250 or more employees on site or nearby, like in a suburban downtown or business park. The more employees on-site or in close proximity, the more likely it will be to find carpool matches. Carpooling works best in less urban areas where transit is not abundant and where HOV or express lanes exist in the corridors leading to the worksite. Carpooling is most successful for employees commuting at least 10 miles, and is also more successful at sites where parking is tight so carpoolers can be rewarded with easy parking.
Promoting vanpooling works best at worksites with 250 or more employees on site or nearby, like in a downtown or business park. It works best where HOV or express lanes exist in the corridors leading to the worksite. Vanpooling works for employees commuting more than 20 miles each way and who can leave work each day at a fixed time.
Strategies to promote telecommuting are appropriate for any size employer, located in any environment. It can be promoted when jobs do not require face-to-face interaction every day of the week and the work is information based.
Strategies to promote cycling are appropriate at any size employer in urban, suburban or rural locations. Comfort with cycling is subjective so it can be encouraged under different work site conditions. In general, it is best if the surrounding streets have bicycle lanes or shoulders and are relatively flat. A comfortable cycling commute distance is generally less than 15 miles.
Strategies to promote walking to work are appropriate for any size employer. Promoting walking to work is most effective when a portion of the workforce lives within 3 miles of the worksite and the surrounding streets, as well as the access to the worksite, are pedestrian friendly.
Company-provided Private Transit (e.g., Employer Buses)
Company-provided private transit works best at work sites with over 1,000 employees located in areas not well-served by transit, but that have HOV or express lanes in the corridors leading to them.
Variable Work Hours (e.g., 9-day/80-hour work weeks)
Variable work hours can work for any size company in any location. The key to their success is that employees do not typically work more than 40 hours per week. They also work well where work-life balance is an employer priority.