Awards recognize companies and professionals who offer highest level of commuter benefits

TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 2, 2009) – Best Workplaces for Commuters, a program designed to encourage sustainable transportation innovation and managed by the University of South Florida’s National Center for Transit Research, singled out 26 companies, institutions and individuals nationwide Wednesday in the 2009 “Race to Excellence”  Virtual Awards Ceremony.

The awards recognize organizations who have taken exemplary steps to for their efforts to offer alternatives for their employees driving alone and thereby reduce air pollution, traffic congestion, and fuel usage from Jan. 1, 2009 to Oct. 15, 2009.

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 created by the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – can become a member of Best Workplaces for Commuters.

And the winners are: 

Best of:

                    Champion:  MetroPool (CT and NY)

                    Employee Transportation Coordinator: Stanford University, Brodie Hamilton (CA)

Gold Winners

Cal Poly State University (CA)

CommuterLink (NY)

MetroPool (CT and NY)

Stanford University (CA)

State of Arizona (AZ)

Sunset Development Company- Bishop Ranch (CA)

Virginia Tech. (VA)

U.S. Department of State (Washington, DC)

Silver Winners

Cartus (CT)

California Bank and Trust (CA)

Commuter Club (GA)

Community Transit (WA)

Ecology & Environment, Inc. (NY)

Pfizer Inc. (GreenWheels)

University of California – Irvine (CA)

University of California – San Francisco (CA)

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Dept. of Public Safety (NC)

Verizon California, Inc. (CA)

 Bronze Winners

Aerospace Corporation (WA)

Chevy Chase Cars (MD)

Compuware (MI)

Mayo Clinic (MN)

Mercy General Hospital (CA)

Quarles & Brady (AZ)

U.S. Geological Survey (CO)

University of Nevada, Reno (NV)

University of Texas, Medical Branch (TX)

The University of South Florida is one of the nation’s top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The University offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The University has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.