Best Workplaces for Commuters (BWC) is an innovative membership program that provides qualified employers with national recognition and an elite designation for offering outstanding commuter benefits, such as free or low cost bus passes and vanpool fares and strong telework programs. Employers that meet the National Standard of Excellence in commuter benefits—a standard created by the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—can get on the list of Best Workplaces for Commuters and receive high level programs and services. NCTR is funded by US Department of Transportation.
Best Workplaces for Commuters is dramatically improving the way people get to and from work. BWC assists participating employers by offering public recognition and promotion, technical assistance, training, Web-based tools, and forums for information exchange.
To determine levels of eligibility for participating in the program, employers complete the BWC application. As part of the application, employers agree to several items, including ensuring a minimum level of employee participation, designating a central point of contact for employee questions, providing an Emergency Ride Home for participating employees, and offering a choice of Commuter Benefits.
In return for offering cutting-edge commuter benefits, employers can reap the following important benefits:
- Attract and retain employees. Recruit the best employees, reduce turnover, increase worker productivity, and help employees arrive at work relaxed and on time.
- Solve parking challenges and cost. Reduce the demand for limited or expensive parking.
- Enjoy tax and cost savings. Enjoy reduction in income and payroll taxes as well as reduced parking costs.
- Reduce environmental impacts. Demonstrate environmental excellence by reducing gasoline demand, greenhouse gas emissions, and air pollution.
- Exhibit leadership and corporate citizenship. Distinguish your organization as a competitive benefits leader.
- Add to national security. Help reduce dependence on foreign sources of energy by helping commuters reduce fuel consumption.