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For Immediate Release

USF’s National Center for Transit Research Selects Best Workplaces for CommutersSM Winners

Awards recognize companies who offer highest level of commuter benefits

TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 31, 2013) – Best Workplaces for CommutersSM, a program designed to encourage sustainable transportation innovation singled out 23 employers nationwide Thursday, January 31 during the annual “Race to Excellence”  Virtual Awards Ceremony.  The awards recognize organizations who have taken exemplary steps to offer transportation options such as vanpool and transit benefits or telework and compressed workweek for their employees.

 “The annual Race to Excellence provides national recognition for employers who offer high level commuter benefits,” said Julie Bond, NCTR’s national program manager for Best Workplaces for Commuters. “Offering commuter benefits is a win-win situation for employees who change their commuting habits to save time, money and stress and employers who gain a competitive edge in employee recruitment and retention.”

 This year participants were awarded in four categories:  Employer, Employer (under 100), Supporting Agency, and University.

Employer:  

 Gold

  • Booz Allen Hamilton, VA
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, GA
  • Central Arizona Project, AZ
  • Inova Health System, VA
  • Tindale-Oliver and Associates, Inc., FL (employer under 100)

Silver

  • Compuware Corporation, MI
  • Pfizer – Greenwheels, NC
  • Quarles & Brady LLP, AZ
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital, CT

 Supporting Agency:

Gold

  • Fairfax County Department of Transportation, VA
  • State of Arizona, (Capital Rideshare), AZ
  • Suburban Transit Network, PA
  • Smart Trips, TN

Silver

  • CommuterLink/511NY Rideshare- NY
  • Commuter Services, FL
  • reThink, Orlando, FL

 University: Gold

  • Stanford University (“Best of” 2011)
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of South Florida
  • Virginia Tech, Blacksburg

“Best of”

  • “Best of” Employer Award

        Booz Allen Hamilton, VA

  • “Best of” Supporting Agency Award

        Smart Trips, Knoxville, TN

  •  “Best of” University Award

        University of North Carolina Greensboro  

  • “Best of” Small Employer Award

       Tindale-Oliver and Associates, Inc., FL

 

Best Workplaces for Commuters provides qualified employers with programs and services along with national recognition and an elite designation for offering outstanding commuter benefits, such as free or low cost bus passes. Employers that meet the National Standard of Excellence in commuter benefits – a standard established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and maintained by the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR)– can become a member of Best Workplaces for Commuters (http://www.bestworkplaces.org).

 

Best Workplaces for Commuter ™ is a program of the National Center for Transit Research at the University of South Florida.  NCTR is funded by Florida Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of Transportation. The theme of NCTR is to make public transportation and alternative forms of transportation, including managed lanes, safe, effective, efficient, desirable, and secure.

The University of South Florida is one of the nation’s top 63 public research universities and one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  USF was awarded $394.1 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2009/2010. The university offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The USF System has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

 

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