Best Commuter Business
The Best Commuter Business (BCB) program is a leadership program for Pierce County employers who encourage their employees to use sustainable transportation options.
Sustainable transportation options include all non-drive alone trips, featuring:
- Riding a bike
- Taking the bus, light rail, ferry (on bike/foot), or train
- Riding in a vanpool/carpool
- Teleworking and working a compressed work week
Every year, Ride Together Pierce certifies employers that offer outstanding commuter programs as a "Best Commuter Business."
This Ride Together Pierce program is a collaboration between Pierce County, Pierce Transit and the City of Tacoma.
Best Commuter Business Introduction Kit:
From January through December, Ride Together Pierce will gather information reported by Pierce County employers regarding their commute programs. Toward the end of the year, Ride Together Pierce will evaluate and score each employer based on three categories and present a leadership certification to the top performing employers for the following year.
The Best Commuter Employers will be announced the following February. The selected employers will be certified for the full calendar year.
This certification program aims to (1) highlight leading businesses committed to sustainability, (2) promote the health of our communities, and (3) foster economic vitality.
- Offering different ways for their employees to get to work is a great way to attract and retain top talent, reduce employee parking demand, and demonstrate environmental responsibility.
- Providing strong commute programs are a benefit that businesses can use as a recruiting tool. Offering commute options often expands labor pools and reduces turnover as not everyone owns or relies on a car to commute.
- Reducing demand for parking can lower your business’ costs for developing and maintaining parking or allow you to increase visitor parking.
- Promoting commute options programs assists with equity efforts, helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions, aids the local economy, and benefits employees.
- Additionally, employers providing commute programs may be eligible for Business and Occupation tax breaks.
- An employee’s commute can really affect the way they work.
- Driving long commutes or in congestion can cause employees to arrive stressed, instead of ready for the day ahead. Taking transit, walking, biking, carpooling, or taking any other sustainable commute method, including teleworking, and compressed work weeks, can reduce stress from one’s commute.
- Employees taking a sustainable commute options are more likely to be healthier (especially if they are walking and biking), arrive at work on time and be more productive. This results in happier employees who are more likely to enjoy their employment and brag to others about the wonderful place they work.
If your employer is partnering with Ride Together Pierce, your business is automatically enrolled in the program. Please contact us if you are unsure of your employer’s partnership status.
No, Ride Together Pierce wishes to partner with employers to help them be leaders in these efforts.
In January of each year, Ride Together Pierce will evaluate and score each participating business based on three categories and recognize the top performing employers as the Best Commuter Businesses for the following year. Toward the end of the year, Ride Together Pierce will evaluate and score each employer based on three categories including Engagement, Performance and Programming and present a leadership certification to the top performing employers for the following year.
Click to review the point distribution sheet and compare the items listed against programs your employer offers:
The certification scoring process looks over actions taken, programs maintained, and performance within the last year, from January 1 to December 31. Here are a few things to consider for the upcoming year:
For management to consider:
- Offer incentives for not driving to work. Examples include:
- Preferred, free vanpool/carpool parking spots
- Discounted ORCA transit passes or subsidies
- Earned days off for staff who do not drive alone
- Secure, covered bike parking for staff
- On-site bike tune-ups and fix-it stations
- Parking rates, instead of a flat monthly rate
- Offer teleworking/compressed work weeks and flex schedules
- Fleet vehicles or bicycles for off-site meetings or errands
- Recognize top sustainable commuters
For Employee Transportation Coordinators (ETCs) to consider:
- Feel comfortable utilizing the Ride Together Pierce website and calendar to find resources and run reports
- Encourage staff to form carpools and vanpools by running zip code reports and reaching out to individuals
- Host Ride Together Pierce and/or inter-office campaigns to encourage sustainable modes of transportation
- Invite Ride Together Pierce to your Benefits Fair/Transportation Fair/staff meetings
- Promote existing benefits and facilities
- Provide employee recognition
- Maintain Commuter Information Center and post fresh marketing materials
- Attend a network, or training session related to commute trip reduction
- Distribute and collect baseline/measurement Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Program Employee Questionnaires (surveys) to achieve at least a 70% response rate
- Submit Quarterly Accomplishment and Annual Reports by due date
If you would like assistance achieving certification, get in touch with Ride Together Pierce to brainstorm, create an action plan, or get trained!
The next round of certified businesses will be announced in February 2023. There are three levels of certifications, Gold, Silver and Bronze.
- Employers certified as a “Best Commuter Business” will hold the title, and bragging rights, for the year they are announced.
- Certified employers will receive marketing materials to promote their BCB certification virtually (website text, banners, social media posts, etc.) and in-person (award, window decal, etc.)
- Certified employers can promote their certification to retain and recruit talent.
- Certified employers will be advertised in local news publications, on RideTogetherPierce.com, Facebook and Twitter.