For Immediate Release
Contact:  Julie Bond
Phone:  813.974.9799

Awards recognize companies who offer highest level of commuter benefits

TAMPA, Fla. (January 16, 2014) – Best Workplaces for CommutersSM, a program designed to encourage sustainable transportation innovation singled out 28 employers nationwide Thursday, January 16 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.  To qualify as a Best Workplace for Commuters, applicants must meet a “Standard of Excellence” initially set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Over 400 organizations have met this Standard of Excellence and are listed as Best Workplaces for Commuters.

“The annual Race to Excellence provides national recognition for employers, supporting agencies, sites and Universities 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 for employers who gain a competitive edge in employee recruitment and retention.”

This year participants were awarded in four categories:  Site, Employer, Supporting Agency, and University.  From each category, a “Best of” winner was chosen.  All winners received Gold status for their efforts.

“Best of”

  • “Best of” Employer Award

      State of Arizona

  • “Best of” Supporting Agency Award

      Commuter Services, FL

  •  “Best of” University Award

       University of California, San Francisco


  • Hacienda, Pleasanton, CA


  • Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, VA
  • Central Arizona Project, Phoenix, AZ
  • City of North Port, FL
  • Compuware Corporation, Detroit, MI
  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • South Seas Island Resort, Captiva, FL
  • State of Arizona, AZ
  • Tindale-Oliver & Associates, Inc., FL
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital, CT
  • LEGOLAND Florida, FL

Supporting Agency:

  • CommuterLink, Kew Gardens, NY
  • Commuter Services, FL
  • Fairfax County Department of Transportation, VA
  • Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART), Greensboro, NC
  • Greater Valley Forge TMA, King of Prussia, PA
  • Suburban Transit Network, (TransNet), PA


  • Boise State University, ID
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • University of California, Davis, CA
  • University of California, Irvine, CA
  • University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • University of California, San Francisco, CA
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • University of South Florida, FL
  • Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

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 (

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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