For colleges and universities to apply for designation as a Best University for Commuters, please complete the following application.  You will receive notification of your status within two weeks.  View PDF version of online application

The 2020 BWC List will be released in January 2020.  The deadline for application is November 30, 2019.

If you need assistance, please call Julie Bond, project manager at 813.974.9799 or send a message to jmbond@usf.edu  We look forward to working with you!

Organization

2020 Best Workplaces For Commuters Application for Universities and Colleges

(as you would like it to appear on the certificate, website, etc.)

Contact Information

Primary Contact

Select 'No' to provide contact information for the Program Manager. The Program Manager oversees administration of commuter benefits program. Also serves as a back-up contact if Primary Contact cannot reached.
Program Manager
Select 'No' to provide contact information for the Media Contact.
Media Contact

Work Site

Worksite Information

Please chose one of the following industries that best describes the workplaces on this application
Organization that talked to you about applying, if any.

This application should cover only campuses that:
1. are located in the same metropolitan area AND
2. offer the same primary commuter benefits AND
3. have the same primary contact.

If you have additional campuses that do not  meet these conditions, please include them on a separate application.

Primary Benefits

Primary Benefits

University must offer at least one primary benefit. (Please select all that apply)

1a. We offer to pay on average at least $30 per month towards a transit pass (or the full cost of a pass if it is less than $30) for each faculty or staff who commutes using transit.
1b. We offer to pay on average at least $30 per month towards a transit pass (or the full cost of a pass if it is less than $30) for each student who commutes using transit.
2a. We offer to pay at least $30 per month for vanpool costs (or the full cost if it is less than $30) to each faculty or staff who commutes in a vanpool.
2b. We offer to pay at least $30 per month for vanpool costs (or the full cost if it is less than $30) to each student who commutes in a vanpool.
3. We provide a pre-tax option for faculty or staff for their purchase of transit and/or vanpool fares with at least 30% of our faculty or staff purchasing such fare media of at least $30 per month.
4. We offer a significant telework program that reduces by at least 6% the number of commuting trips our faculty or staff make per week.

Note: 6% reduction approximates a similar estimated impacts of other primary benefits.
Use Table 1 to estimate reduction based on the average telework days per week for the campus’ teleworkers, e.g. if 15% of your workforce teleworks an average of 2 days per week then you meet the 6% trip reduction threshold).

Workplace Average Telework Days/Week Minimum Share of Employees
1 30.0%
2 15.0%
3 10.0%
4 7.5%
5 6.0%

 

5. We offer a significant Compressed Workweek program with faculty or staff working longer hours on fewer days (e.g., workweek is 40 hours over 4 days) that reduces by at least 6% the number of vehicle trips our employees make per week.

Use Table 2 below to estimate the minimum share of employees under the compressed work week schedule to reach the 6% trip reduction per week target.

Compressed Workweek Schedule Minimum Share of Employees
80 hours over 9 workdays 12%
40 hours over 4 workdays 6%
36 hours over 3 workdays 2%

 

6. We offer a cash option to faculty and staff instead of a University-paid parking space. We offer to pay them at least $30 per month instead of providing a parking spot to each person who leaves their car at home and commutes another way.
7a. We fully or partially fund one or more campus shuttles for faculty or staff from rail stations and/or park and ride lots. The shuttles can be either directly operated by the University or purchased transportation through a local TMA or service provider.
7b. We fully or partially fund one or more campus shuttles for students from rail stations and/or park and ride lots. The shuttles can be either directly operated by the University or purchased transportation through a local TMA or service provider.
8a. We offer a significant bicycle commuting program with at least 6% reduction in the number of vehicle trips our faculty and staff make by bicycle.
8b. We offer a significant bicycle commuting program with at least 6% reduction in the number of vehicle trips our students make by bicycle.

Use Table 3 below to estimate the minimum share of employees who bicycle to work to reach the 6% trip reduction per week target.

Average Bicycle Commuting Days Minimum Share of Employees/Students
1 30.0%
2 15.0%
3 10.0%
4 7.5%
5 6.0%

 

9a. We offer to pay at least $30 per month to faculty or staff to carpool to campus that reduces by at least 6% the number of vehicle trips they make per week.
9b. We promote carpooling for students and offer preferred parking and/or discounted parking fees for students who carpool.

Use Table 4 below to estimate the minimum share of employees who carpool at a given frequency per week to reach the 6% trip reduction per week target.

Average Carpool Days/Week Minimum Share of Employees/Students
1 60.0%
2 30.0%
3 20.0%
4 15.0%
5 12.0%

 

10. We offer an equivalent benefit that provides similar value to our students, faculty or staff, reduces traffic and air pollution and is agreed to by Best Workplaces for Commuters. If yes, please describe below.

Supporting Benefits

Supporting Benefits

Minimum three required.  Please check all that apply.

For each question below, enter the amount for Students (Undergraduate and Graduate) and for Employees. If none, enter 0 (zero).

Students:
Employees:
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Please describe the method(s) used to gather data about student/employee commuting, including the timeframe for when the analysis was conducted.

Agreement

Agreement

By submitting this application, we agree to the following conditions:

  1. We have a central point of contact in charge of commuter benefits and will notify Best Workplaces for Commuters when this contact changes.
  2. We keep information on commuter benefits online and actively promote our commuter benefits to students, faculty and staff.
  3. We agree to look for opportunities to use the Best Workplaces for Commuters name and logo to promote our designation (e.g., websites, press releases, job ads, newsletters, annual reports, etc.).
  4. We commit to ensuring that within 12 months of acceptance into the program at least 14 percent of our students, faculty and staff will not be driving alone to the campus in the peak period.
  5. If our application is approved, we agree to pay the annual membership fee or the BWC partner listed below has agreed to pay for our membership fee this year.
BWC Partner (if any):

We help you publicize your designation as one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters by listing your organization by name, city/state and industry on the Best Workplaces for Commuters website, www.bestworkplaces.org and an annual, national media release.  We also promote members using various forms of social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter).  If BWC would like to promote your organization in additional ways, we will contact you directly.

May we use your logo on our website or in other publicity?
Any additional questions or comments.

Press Submit button below to submit the application.