Reasons to try an alternative commute

  • You won’t miss traffic or the cost of maintaining a car
  • Your insurance premium may lower if they are aware you don’t drive to work anymore
  • You will make a positive impact on your community by reducing traffic and your planet by reducing your carbon footprint
  • Get entered to win monthly incentives!

Walk/Bike

  • Bicycling and walking are two of the most cost effective and environmentally conscious ways to commute – not to mention some of the cheapest!
  • You will get and stay fit! The exercise you get on the way to and from work will help increase your energy and productivity at work. You'll arrive back home feeling refreshed and stress-free.
  • In many cases, you can avoid traffic all together!
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Transit

  • Bus and train riders enjoy a stress-free commute, with time to read, work (many buses are now equipped with Wi-Fi), chat with friends or sleep.
  • It saves you tons of money on gas and car maintenance.
  • It greatly reduces your carbon emissions by keeping your car at home.
  • You can save large amounts of time by using the HOV lanes.
  • Riding the bus is safer than traveling by car.
  • Get exercise by walking or riding a bike to the bus stop.
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Vanpool

  • Vanpooling is often the cheapest option available to you; monthly fares are often lower than even the bus!
  • Vanpooling saves time and reduces stress through the use of the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) tolling lanes.
  • Vanpooling lessens harmful carbon emissions from driving. Each new person in a Vanpool means another car off the road and is a huge win for clean, healthy air.
  • You may meet co-workers and neighbors through carpooling.
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Carpool

  • The schedule is determined by the those in the carpool and can be flexible based on everyone’s needs
  • Cut commute expenses in half (or more!)
  • Use HOV tolled lanes to reduce your commute time
  • Start and end your day with a dose of social interaction; have a conversation, listen to music, or even enjoy shared silence during your commute
  • Many employers have designated parking spaces available for carpools
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Telecommute/Compressed Work Week

Telecommuting, or teleworking, is working from home instead of traveling to an office. Telecommuting is coordinated directly with employers and can occasionally be done, daily, and any amount between.
Compressed Work Week (CWW) allows you to work full time, but in fewer days. This schedule can look very different depending on what is agreed upon by the employee and employers. Here are some sample CWW schedules:

  • Four Day/Forty Hours – Employees work 10 hour days, four days per week
  • Nine Day/Eighty Hours – Employees work 9 hour days and take one day off biweekly
  • Reduced commuting time, stress and cost
  • Increased flexibility in coordinating work and family activities - you may work during the time of day when you are most productive
  • Increased job satisfaction
  • Improved quality of life
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