Best workplaces for commuters

Changing How America Commutes

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About BWC

Best Workplaces for Commuters demonstrates that options to drive-alone commuting, such as transit, carpools, and teleworking are economically beneficial, yielding value to workers, employers, and our environment.

Because the commuting experience varies geographically, the Best Workplaces for Commuters program offers a wide array of options to meet the particular commuting needs of individual employers.

To qualify, an employer must offer one (1) primary benefit, such as employer-paid tax-free transit or vanpool passes, teleworking, or parking cash-out (enabling workers to trade free parking for its cash equivalent).

Employers must also offer three (3) supporting benefits, choosing from options such as shuttles to and 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, and compressed work schedules.

Best Workplaces for Commuters designated worksites must offer access to an Emergency Ride Home (ERH), which provides participants with a ride at little or no cost if they need emergency transport home due to special circumstances.

Once the Standard of Excellence has been met, members must agree to all of the following:

  • We have a central point of contact in charge of commuter benefits.
  • We keep information on commuter benefits in a centralized location.
  • We actively promote our commuter benefits to employees.
  • We agree to look for opportunities to use the Best Workplaces for Commuters name and logo to promote our designation (e.g., Web sites, press releases, job ads, newsletters, annual reports, etc.)
  • We commit that within 12 months of acceptance into the program at least 14 percent of our employees will not be driving alone to work by using other modes such as telework, compressed work week, transit, bus, carpool, vanpool, bicycle or walk.
  • If our application is approved, we will pay the annual membership fee.

application deadline

New and renewal membership applications are due by December 15 for the following year's list.

Annual Membership Dues


* For employers that are affiliated with a current BWC Best Site in good standing.



BWC Fast Facts

Explore the different commuting benefits and supporting services offered by employers and universities.  Learn which states are leading the way and the total number of employees impacted by their leadership.  View the BWC Fast Facts sheet.


BWC history

2007     On October 1, 2007, the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) assumed program management responsibilities for the Best Workplaces for Commuters program. CUTR, a nationally-recognized research institution and resource for policymakers, transportation professionals, the education system, and the public, is known for providing high quality, objective transportation research. With this experience, NCTR at CUTR will bring new energy and direction to promoting the Best Workplaces for Commuters designation.

Best Workplaces for Commuters demonstrates that options to drive-alone commuting, such as transit, carpools, and teleworking are economically beneficial, yielding value to workers, employers, and our environment.

2002     Best Workplaces for Commuters unveiled. In 2002, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation unveiled the Best Workplaces for Commuters list, a list to honor and to recognize employers who offer their employees outstanding commuting benefits. Participating companies earn the designation “Best Workplaces for Commuters”—a mark of excellence for environmentally and employee-friendly organizations. The program builds on the efforts of many top employers to help get employees to work safely, on time, and free of commute-related stress. It provides the tools, guidance, and promotion necessary to help U.S. employers of any size incorporate commuter benefits into their standard benefits plan, reap financial benefits, and gain national recognition. The list replaces andbuilds upon the work begun by the Commuter Choice Leadership Initiative to recognize employers who offer their employees outstanding commuting benefits.

1999     Commuter Choice Initiative launched. In 1999, the federal government started the Commuter Choice Initiative. As part of this, FTA released the Commuter Choice Toolkit and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Transportation, initiated the Commuter Choice Leadership Program to honor employers providing commuting benefits to their employees.



our team

Phil Winters, TDM-CP
TDM Program Director
winters@usf.edu

Julie Bond, MPA
BWC Program Director
jmbond@usf.edu


Christine Epps
BWC Program Coordinator 
cepps@usf.edu

University of South Florida
Center for Urban Transportation Research
4202 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33620

Contact us:
info@bestworkplaces.org
813-974-9799

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