FAQ

What is Best Workplaces for Commuters℠?

Best Workplaces for Commuters℠ is a public-private partnership that recognizes employers for their efforts to reduce emissions, traffic congestion, pollution, and stress on our roads. These employers offer incentives to their employees to try alternative commute options to get to work.

 

The focus of the program is to increase the number of employer-based transportation programs aimed at reducing commuter vehicle miles traveled (VMT's) and air pollution by identifying innovative solutions to commuter needs.

 

Who are the Triangle Best Workplaces for Commuters℠?

Click here to see the current list of BWCs in the Triangle Region.

 

How does an organization benefit from participating?

Studies show employers that offer commuter benefits improve employee recruiting and retention, increase employee job satisfaction, and save money on parking and federal taxes. A participating employer also earns the "Best Workplaces for Commuters℠" designation - a mark of excellence for commuter and environmental friendliness. Through the Best Workplaces for Commuters℠ list, the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) and the Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG) provide recognition for participating employers. In addition, NCTR and TJCOG provide these employers with technical assistance on implementing commuter benefits, online and in-person forums for networking, and access to information about emerging trends and opportunities in commuter benefits both nationally and in the Triangle.

 

Why are NCTR and TJCOG promoting commuter benefits?

Commuting to and from work is a primary cause of increased traffic congestion and air quality problems in many areas across the United States. Reducing the number of cars commuting during rush hour can reduce traffic and improve air quality.

 

Is Best Workplaces for Commuters℠ a voluntary program?

Yes. Employers elect to participate and offer alternative transportation benefits on a voluntary basis.

 

How does an employer qualify for Best Workplaces for Commuters℠?

To qualify, an employer must offer one primary benefit, such as:

 

  • employer-paid, tax-free transit or vanpool passes

  • telecommuting

  • parking cash-out (enabling workers to trade free parking for its cash equivalent

 

Employers must also offer three secondary benefits, such as:

  • shuttles to/from transit stations (provided directly by the employer or contracted through a service)
  • ridesharing or carpool matching
  • preferred or reduced-cost parking for carpools and vanpools
  • compressed work schedules

 

Emergency Ride Home (ERH) - Employers must offer free Emergency Ride Home benefits to all participants, providing a ride home in the event of an emergency or special circumstances. Triangle Transit offers this service free of charge to all Triangle BWC Employers.

 

See "How Do I Qualify" for more details and assistance.

 

How does an employer apply for BWC designation?

When you go to www.bestworkplaces.org and click on "Join" tab, you will have an opportunity to apply for designation. You can view the application form and submit your qualifications at that time.