Awards recognize employers who offer highest level of commuter benefits

TAMPA, Fla. (January 29, 2015) – Best Workplaces for Commuters, a program designed to encourage sustainable transportation innovation singled out 25 employers nationwide Thursday, January 29 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 we recognized 25 Race to Excellence winners who have exceptional commute programs.”

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).

And the winners are:

“Best Of” the Race to Excellence

  • Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  • Club Ride Commuter Services, Las Vegas, NV
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT

Gold Site

  • Hacienda, Pleasanton, CA
  • Towers Crescent, Vienna, VA

Gold Employer

  • Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, VA
  • City of North Port, FL
  • Compuware Corporation, Detroit, MI
  • GVF, King of Prussia, PA
  • LEGOLAND, Winter Haven, FL
  • The MITRE Corporation, McLean, VA
  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Polk County, Bartow, FL
  • State of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ (Capital Rideshare)
  • Tindale Oliver, Tampa and Orlando, FL
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT

Gold University

  • Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of South Florida, Tampa
  • Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Gold Supporting Agency

  • Club Ride Commuter Services, Las Vegas, NV
  • Commuter Services, Bartow, FL
  • GVF, King of Prussia, PA
  • Suburban Transit Network, Inc., Blue Bell, PA
  • Triangle J Council of Governments, Durham, NC

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.

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