As a business leader, you can help your employees save money and improve mobility in our community and region by implementing an employee commute program at your worksite. Commute programs encourage transportation alternatives to driving alone, such transit, carpooling, vanpooling, walking, biking, teleworking or compressed work weeks. Our Choose Your Way Bellevue expert team is here to help you every step of the way. 

Benefits of Employee Commute Programs

For the employer:

  • Improve productivity and morale – Employees will arrive more relaxed and ready to work.
  • Attract and retain the best employees – Ease and cost of commuting is a key consideration for prospective hires.
  •  Receive tax breaks – Commute subsidies offered to employees can be counted for federal and state business tax deductions.
  • Demonstrate social responsibility – Customers and clients take notice when a company supports its employees and the community. 
  • Relieve traffic congestion and reduce demand for parking – Fewer single-occupancy vehicles means increased mobility on city streets and decreased demand for parking, potentially reducing your parking cost.

For the employee:

  • Save money – Using alternatives to driving alone can lead to thousands of dollars in savings each year including gas, tolls and vehicle maintenance. 
  • Spend less time driving in traffic – Getting in the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane means getting to work faster, with less stress and fatigue. Letting someone else do the driving can free up personal time, and more walking and biking can provide fresh air and exercise.

For the community:

  • Reduced stress on the roadway system – When fewer people drive alone, the transportation system can move more people, improving everyone's mobility. 
  • Reduced emissions – Fewer cars on the road means improved air quality and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Check out our new Business Commute Options Toolkit for help with starting or improving your program!