Best Workplaces for Commuters demonstrates that options for commuting, such as transit, carpools, vanpools, and teleworking are economically and environmentally beneficial, yielding value to workers, employers, and our communities.
BWC members meet the Standard of Excellence for their employer organization, university, college or multi-employer site. BWC individual associates share an interest in commuter benefits for their community, but are not part of an organization that meets the Standard of Excellence. A BWC partner works directly with organizations to help them meet the Standard of Excellence and must recruit or enroll 5 members per year to remain an active partner of BWC. Each membership level has varied benefits.
The Road to Membership for employers, colleges, universities and multi-employer sites includes meeting the Standard of Excellence. Use the easy checklist below to determine if your organization offers the commuter benefits needed to qualify. This checklist includes only some of the commuter benefits that may be offered. The full list is on the application.
Because the commuting experience varies geographically, the Best Workplaces for Commuters program offers options to meet the particular commuting needs of individual employers.
To qualify, an employer must offer one primary benefit, such as employer-paid tax-free transit or vanpool passes, teleworking, bicycling or parking cash-out (enabling workers to trade free parking for its cash equivalent).
Employers must also offer three 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:
2023 application deadline
New and renewal membership applications for 2023 will open on June 1 and are due by November 30, 2022. Deadline Extended! Please submit your new or renewal application by December 15, 2022 and payment is due by December 30, 2022 to get on the list for 2023.
* For employers that are affiliated with a current BWC Best Site in good standing.