Step 1: Find Funding

Costs to Create an ERH Program
The cost of creating and launching an ERH program varies widely. Some programs have started with just a few hundred dollars—just enough to pay for materials and staff time to set up vendor contracts. Others can cost thousands of dollars.  The decisions you make in creating an ERH will determine the costs.  To help minimize start-up costs, refer to the sample materials and templates throughout this toolkit as a starting point for developing your own.

Costs to Manage an ERH Program
ERH programs usally cost very little to run—on average, only a few dollars per eligible commuter each year. These programs are typically described by their managers as “virtually running themselves” or “requiring almost no time once set up.”

The table below summarizes findings from a 2002 survey of more than 45 ERH programs. The survey confirms that ERH programs are relatively inexpensive and require little administrative effort once they are up and running.

Geographic Coverage
of ERH Program
Urban Urban/
Administrative Burden
(minutes/week per 100 commuters)
10 15 15
Usage Rates (rides/year per 100 commuters) 3 6 6
Approx. Cost ($/commuter per year) $2 $5 $5
Table showing the level of usage in terms of number of rides provided based on size of employer

Source: “Results from 2007 Employer TDM Program Benchmarking Survey”. Center for Urban Transportation Research. 2007

Funding Sources

ERH programs are funded by a wide variety of sources. Congestion Management and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds have helped launched many ERH programs. Grants from state Departments of Transportation also sponsor ride programs.

Here are some links to possible funding sources:

Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) (Federal Highway Administration)