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.