Smart Commute Choices for Employers

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LEARN HOW TO SAVE MONEY, IMPROVE EMPLOYEE BENEFITS, AND GREEN BUSINESS PRACTICES:
- Get updated on tolling and construction impacts.
- Save money on transit costs with discounted ORCA passes for employees.
- Reduce business expenses through transportation related tax credits and King County incentives.
- Implement telework and flexible work schedule
programs.
- Use free online tools to engage employees and
incentivize transit, carpool and bike commuting.
- Green your business practices and reach company
sustainability goals.
- Design a custom commute program that uniquely fits
your company culture and budget.

This seminar is intended for transportation coordinators, office managers, human resource coordinators, and other company decision makers.

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  • www.wsdot/goodtogo
  • Eastbound traffic re-routed onto new Mercer St. lanes 3 lanes continue eastbound with I-5 and Fairview Ave access Access from south via Boren, Terry, and Westlake Aves closed at Republican St.  Mercer St. East of Fairview Ave closed Through Fall 2012 January eastbound traffic on Mercer St. will shift onto the new lanes of Mercer St. north of the existing lanes while crews rebuild the existing roadway. Three lanes of traffic will continue eastbound on Mercer St. with access to the I-5 on-ramps and Fairview Ave. N. Purpose: Allow reconstruction of underground utilities, reconstruct street and sidewalk, install new signals, signage, lighting, irrigation, landscaping, and urban design elements in preparation for two-way Mercer St. Duration: Through the fall of 2012. Traffic Routing: Eastbound Mercer St. traffic will shift north to the new Mercer St. lanes and continue to the I-5 on-ramps and Fairview Ave. N. Westlake Ave. N, Terry Ave. N and Boren Ave. N will be local access only between Republican St. and Mercer St. Access to businesses and residences with direct driveway or alley access onto Mercer St. will be maintained or otherwise coordinated directly with property owners and managers.
  • Add “traffic lines”
  • new, low-floor, articulated buses Stops will be farther apart to increase speed and reliability and create "stations" -like light rail lines. Pay before boarding Service at least every 10 minutes during rush hour, 15 minute service during off-peak periods. GPS enabled, Wi-Fi on board Stations will have real time information signs to communicate estimate arrival times of RapidRide buses.
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  • If you already reimbursing employees for trips see if zipcar can do cost savings
  • Tapping card results in read-out on fare processor if paying with e-purse, will show balance if paying with pass, shows something like “pass” If card doesn’t work – 3 short beeps and an error message – insuffient funds, invalid card, blocked card Can transfer between ORCA systems – if using e-purse, will only debit differential (additional) amount owed Can add products or value to epurse – online, retail outlets, customer service centers, phone, TVMs
  • Can be in both programs at the same time – example, add some choice products to a Passport
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  • Smart Commute Choices for Employers

    1. 1. Smart Commute Choices for Employers
    2. 2. •Vision: Keep downtown Seattle economically competitive, improving access toand within downtown by reducing drive-alone commute trips.
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    4. 4. Downtown Limits toDrive-Alone Commuting
    5. 5. 2010 Survey Findings The majority of Downtown Seattle employees do not drive alone to work Commute Seattle 2010 Center Commuter Mode Split Study
    6. 6. Joe Commuter ACME Corp XYZ Building, ABC Properties Decision Maker Enabler Influencer
    7. 7. Factors affecting downtown commuters•Rising fuel prices•Tolling on the 520 Bridge•Downtown road construction
    8. 8. Rising Gas Prices
    9. 9. Good To Go! transponderswww.wsdot/goodtogo
    10. 10. Alaskan Way Viaduct Construction
    11. 11. Mercer Corridor Project
    12. 12. Seattle Transit Service Transitscore Heatmap
    13. 13. Better Transportation Options• Light rail downtown and expanding• Bicycle infrastructure improving• Rapid Ride Bus coming downtown 2012
    14. 14. Better Access to Information
    15. 15. Real-Time Transit Info
    16. 16. Commuter Benefits Becoming More Valuable
    17. 17. Commuter Benefits• Highly valued and relatively inexpensive• Decrease your company’s carbon footprint• Improve employee morale and productivity• An accessible downtown is good for business• Cost savings and tax benefits• WA Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Regulations
    18. 18. What can Employers do?• Employee Parking Policies• Promote Carpool and Vanpool• Promote Cycling and Walking• Allow Telework/Compressed Workweeks• Provide access to Zipcars• Purchase ORCA Transit Passes
    19. 19. What can Employers do?• Employee Parking Policies• Promote Carpool and Vanpool• Promote Cycling and Walking• Allow Telework/Compressed Workweeks• Provide access to Zipcars• Purchase ORCA Transit Passes
    20. 20. Parking is Expensive! For 20Monthly Annual employees$285 $3,420 $68,400
    21. 21. The Multi-Modal Commuter
    22. 22. Employer Parking Strategies• Shared Spaces• Free or Discounted Parking Days• Parking Cash-outs
    23. 23. Parking Cash-out Example• Joe currently receives a $300 parking permit• ACME Co offers a $150 cash-out option• Joe spends the $150 to park when heneeds to, and carpools, bikes andbusses when convenient• ACME Co saves $1,800 per year
    24. 24. What can Employers do?• Employee Parking Policies• Promote Carpool and Vanpool• Promote Cycling and Walking• Allow Telework/Compressed Workweeks• Provide access to Zipcars• Purchase ORCA Transit Passes
    25. 25. Share a Ride• Carpool• Vanpool• Vanshare
    26. 26. RideshareOnline.compowered by brilliant commuters. like you. 33
    27. 27. Find a match Enter your starting place, destination and your trip times. See where each person’s commute starts and ends. Specify if you want to drive and Choose your match include specific details. and make contact. RideshareOnline.com 34
    28. 28. Enter trip details. Click the date …and you’re done.Choose your mode. RideshareOnline.com RideshareOnline.com powered by brilliant commuters. like you. 35
    29. 29. Manage incentives, rewards, prize drawings Enter incentive program detailsSometimes it takes extraincentives to get peoplestarted.RideshareOnline.com canhelp manage and trackyour incentive and rewardprograms for you. You set the rules. Employees watch their progress. RideshareOnline.com 36
    30. 30. What can Employers do?• Employee Parking Policies• Promote Carpool and Vanpool• Promote Cycling and Walking• Allow Telework/Compressed Workweeks• Provide access to Zipcars• Purchase ORCA Transit Passes
    31. 31. Active Transportation • Cyclists and pedestrian commuters are healthy, happy, productive workers • CDC recommends 30 min daily exercise • Easy to combine with transit
    32. 32. Business Change Agent Workshops• Bike to Work Month and Beyond: Encouraging Employee Bike Commuting• April 11, 2012
    33. 33. What can Employers do?• Employee Parking Policies• Promote Carpool and Vanpool• Promote Cycling and Walking• Allow Telework/Compressed Workweeks• Provide access to Zipcars• Purchase ORCA Transit Passes
    34. 34. • Telework• Compressed Work Week• Flexible start times• Off-site work centers
    35. 35. Compressed Work Weeks
    36. 36. What can Employers do?• Employee Parking Policies• Promote Carpool and Vanpool• Promote Cycling and Walking• Allow Telework/Compressed Workweeks• Provide access to Zipcars• Purchase ORCA Transit Passes
    37. 37. Zipcar for Business• $7.75-13.50 per hour• All inclusive (Gas,insurance, 180 miles, garageparking)• Zipcar/ORCA incentivesavailable
    38. 38. What can Employers do?• Employee Parking Policies• Promote Carpool and Vanpool• Promote Cycling and Walking• Allow Telework/Compressed Workweeks• Provide a Guaranteed Ride Home• Purchase ORCA Transit Passes
    39. 39. ORCA
    40. 40. What is ORCA?• 7 transit agencies universal pass• Fare payment card using smart chip technology• Tap at payment reader• Seamless transfers• Many revalue options
    41. 41. Types of ORCA Accounts• ORCA Personal Account• ORCA Business Choice• ORCA Business Passport
    42. 42. ORCA Business Choice• Monthly passes • Bus, Rail, ferry, Vanpool • “PugetPass”• E-Purse• E-Voucher• Monthly ordering, retail pricing
    43. 43. ORCA Business Passport• Deeply discounted, annual, comprehensive, unlimited, bundled transit pass• Unlimited rides on: – All regional buses – All regional rail – King County Water Taxi• Fully subsidized Vanpool/Vanshare• Home Free Guarantee
    44. 44. Home Free Guarantee• Emergency taxi service for employees whocommute via non-drive-alone modes• Eligible employees receive up to 8 FREE cabrides a year, up to 60 miles each time
    45. 45. ORCA Business PassportRules: 1. Company must have at least 5 employees to qualify 2. Company must purchase Passport for ALL Full Time benefited employees 3. Company must subsidize at least 50% of the cost of the Pass
    46. 46. Considerations ORCA Choice ORCA PassportContract and Payment Monthly Annual Yes with monthly passes, no Unlimited rides Yes with E-purse Cost Retail rate Deeply discounted pass Company chooses who to ALL full time benefited Eligible Employees include employees As much or as little as companyEmployer Contribution At least 50% from company decidesHome Free Guarantee No Yes Included Monthly, can be time consuming to individualize Minimal to no administrationAdministrative duties employees needs
    47. 47. ORCA Business Choice Monthly Pass Pricing Type of Pass Monthly Price Annual Cost Metro: One-Zone Peak $90.00 $1,080.00 Metro: Two-Zone Peak $108.00 $1,296.00 Light Rail: Tukwila Station to Downtown Stations $108.00 $1,296.00 Sound Transit multi County express bus: $108.00 $1,296.00 King County Water Taxi: Vashon/Seattle $135.00 $1,620.00 Sounder Train: Tacoma $171.00 $2,052.00 ORCA Business Passport Pricing Type of Pass Monthly Price Annual CostORCA Passport in CBD (net of rebate and card fee) $41 $490
    48. 48. Passport BenefitsSaves money• Reduces commute, meeting, and airport transportation costsUnlimited rides• Allows employees to get to work conveniently and affordably and enjoy transportation benefits after-hours and on weekendsOne pass covers all employees’ commute needs• Significantly reduces administrative burdens and allows the company to offer an equitable transportation benefit to all employeesSustainability• Helps green business practices and reduce company greenhouse gas emissions
    49. 49. Pre-Tax Commuter Accounts• Employees specify an amount oftheir pay to be reserved beforepayroll taxes are deducted to buytransit or vanpool fare media andor qualified parking• The employee saves federalwithholding and FICA payrolltaxes on the amount deducted.The employer saves paying FICAon the amount deducted.
    50. 50. Price Comparisons Cost to Cost toIf Employer: Employee Employer Does Nothing $90 $0 Administers pre-tax benefit $62 Saves $7 Subsidizes $45 per month + administers pre-tax benefit $30 $42 Purchases ORCA Passport and pays 50% (employee uses pre-tax) $14 $ 17 Purchases ORCA Passport and pays 100% $0 $41 Subsidizes 100% of monthly pass $0 $90
    51. 51. Current Employee Use• You may want to survey your employees to learn about their current transportation modes and frequency.• Commute Seattle can conduct this survey and send you the results.
    52. 52. Sample Cost Comparison
    53. 53. What can Employers do?• Employee Parking Policies• Promote Carpool and Vanpool• Promote Cycling and Walking• Allow Telework/Compressed Workweeks• Provide access to Zipcars• Purchase ORCA Transit Passes
    54. 54. Incentives!• FREE telework consultant availablewith King County Metro• Up to $15,000 available for changingyour company’s current parking policy• Up to $60/employee available throughstate B&O tax credit• $200 Zipcar driving credit available fornew Passport companies
    55. 55. Employer Commuter Awards/CertificationsNational Washington King County State
    56. 56. Live More. Drive Less. Thank you. Mike RimoinMikeR@CommuteSeattle.com (206)613-3132

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