Business Savings Calculator
About the Tool
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:
Best viewed with Internet Explorer 4.x or higher. Also viewable in Netscape
4.x with some aesthetic glitches. Does not work in Netscape 6 or 7.
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
- 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
the National 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