The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed a Web-based Calculator that enables an employer considering Best Workplaces for CommutersSM to estimate the financial, environmental, traffic-related, and other benefits of joining the program.
This tool was developed in two formats:
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What the Tool Can Do
Based on the information that employers enter into the calculator describing how their organizations will meet the National Standard of Excellence for commuter benefits, this fast and easy-to-use tool produces the following estimates:
- Parking. The number of parking spaces saved.
- Parking cost savings. The financial savings from the reduced parking demand (e.g., savings on construction of a new parking facility or enlargement of an existing one).
- Employee recruiting and retention. The estimated savings from reduced employee turnover.
- Employer taxes. The savings employers would realize in reduced payroll taxes if they select transit passes or vanpool benefits as a way of meeting the National Standard of Excellence.
- Employee taxes. The income tax savings employees would realize if they choose transit passes or vanpool benefits as a way of meeting theNational Standard of Excellence.
- Total financial benefits. The total financial savings from parking facilities, taxes, and other financial impacts.
- Employee productivity and stress. The estimated improvement in employee productivity and reduction in employee stress (calculations that are based in part on a recent study in Southern California).
- Traffic. The reduction in traffic congestion.
- Environmental Benefits. The reduction in air pollution and global warming pollution, providing results that can be expressed in both layperson and scientific terms.
- Safety. The decrease in fatalities, injuries, and lost work time that results when the number of vehicle trips is reduced.
- Energy security. The reduction in demand for gasoline, a decrease that contributes to an improvement in U.S. energy security and energy independence.