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Coalition Challenges Employers to Join 2nd Annual ``Bay Area's Best Workplaces for Commuters'' List.

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Final List Will Be Announced in Fall 2003 Recognizing Employers Who

Offer Outstanding Commuter Benefits

The Bay Area's Best Workplaces for Commuters(SM) Coalition today announced the sign-up period for the second annual list of The Bay Area's Best Workplaces for Commuters(SM).

The list spotlights Bay Area's employers offering superior commuter benefits to employees, thereby committing to reducing traffic and air pollution and improving health and quality of life for harried commuters.

The coalition is comprised of Bay Area business, transportation, human resource, and environmental organizations and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Last year, the first-ever Bay Area's Best Workplaces for Commuters(SM) list recognized more than 80 Bay Area employers, including Yahoo!, Inc., Stanford University, Amy's Kitchen, and IBM Corporation. More information about participating organizations is available at

"The Bay Area's Best Workplaces for Commuters(SM) list was incredibly popular last year," said EPA Bay Area program manager Robin Snyder. "By offering commuter benefits, a company with 1,000 employees can lower its parking expenses by more than $70,000 and save employees $13,000 in taxes and $160,000 in gas, parking, and vehicle costs each year. The list is a chance to recognize employers who have shown their commitment to alleviating these problems, saving their employees time and money, while reducing the congestion and pollution caused by so many cars on our roads."

To sign up by August 29, 2003, organizations can simply enroll online at This Web site also allows employers considering the Best Workplaces for Commuters(SM) designation to access a Web-based calculator to estimate the financial, environmental, traffic-related, and other benefits of offering commuter benefits.

Employers on the list must offer employees key commuting benefits such as employer provided transit passes, vanpool subsidies, bike commuter facilities, onsite day care, and telework programs. To qualify as one of The Bay Area's Best Workplaces for Commuters(SM), organizations must provide:

-- A central point of contact for information, who actively

informs employees of commuter benefits available.

-- Access to a regional or employer-provided Guaranteed/Emergency

Ride Home program.

-- At least one primary commuter benefit, which can include a

monthly transit/vanpool pass subsidy, cash in lieu of free

parking, or a significant telecommuting program.

-- At least three supporting commuter benefits, which can include

carpool/vanpool incentives, lockers/showers for bikers or

walkers, incentives for living near work, or onsite amenities

such as day care or dry cleaning.

About the Best Workplaces for Commuters(SM)

The Best Workplaces for Commuters(SM) is a free and voluntary program that recognizes employers nationwide that offer a comprehensive package of commuter benefits. Participating organizations must meet a National Standard of Excellence as defined by program criteria. The Best Workplaces for Commuters(SM) improve employee job satisfaction and save money from reduced payroll taxes. Employees enjoy reduced stress and delays caused by driving alone to work and save money by using employer-provided commuter benefits and reducing use of personal vehicles. Visit for more information.

About the Bay Area's Best Workplaces for Commuters(SM) Coalition

The Bay Area's Best Workplaces for Commuters(SM) Coalition, led by EPA, includes the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Bay Area Council, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Northern California Chapter of the Association for Commuter Transportation, Northern California Human Resources Association, RIDES for Bay Area Commuters Inc., and Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group. The coalition is working to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, cut global warming emissions, and make commuting less stressful and costly for employers and employees.
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