If you experience parking shortages at your worksite, want to improve your employee retention and productivity, or hope to emerge as a sustainable business with best practices in the community, a transportation program can help you meet your goals.
Transportation programs help to reduce the drive alone rate, support our region’s goal for a healthy environment and robust economy, and work to effectively reduce pollution, traffic congestion and fuel consumption.
Whether you have 5 employees or 500, have offices right by a bus line or further from a transit hub, the Pierce Trips Team can help you develop a program that supports your business needs and practices.
What are the benefits?
Developing an employer transportation program can:
- Save your business money
- Free up worksite parking
- Help your business attract and retain the best employees
- Increase employee morale and performance
- Highlight your business’ sustainable or green practices
How does my business get started?
First, familiarize yourself with the Business Benefits and services we provide to get an idea of what elements best fit with your business goals. Contact a Employer Services Coordinator to begin developing a customized program for your worksite. All Pierce Trips programs are free!
If your business has 100 or more full time employees your site may be required to participate under the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Efficiency Act. To learn more about CTR and how it impacts affected worksites, visit the CTR Requirements page. Pierce Trips will work with you to meet the CTR goals.
Questions? Ready to get started? Contact Karen Henderson, Employer Services Coordinator at 253.581.8008.or by email.
We work with businesses to offer support to employees who want to take advantage of commute options, and provide employers with valuable tools to promote worksite transportation programs.
Custom Support – Our Employer Services staff provides customized support to develop and implement your transportation program. In addition to the services below, we are happy to discuss customized tools to make your program as effective as possible.
Employee Meetings – A Employer Services Coordinator can meet with your business to develop a transportation program and discuss benefits and savings. A coordinator can also present at a staff meeting, and provide support to you Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC).
Marketing Materials – Pierce Trips can provide you with marketing materials and commute information (like brochures, posters, emails, and schedules) to distribute at your workplace.
Surveying – We’ll provide you with the tools to survey your employees with easy online or paper forms to identify which commute options make the most sense for your employees. We can use the information to help find ways to encourage employees to use commute options.
Transportation Fairs – If you have a benefits fair, new hire fair or other employee events, Pierce Trips can team up with your staff to present commute options information.
ETC Training – We’ll help you designate an Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC) at your worksite to be the point of contact between your employees and the Pierce Trips team. In addition to offering annual training, we’ll provide ongoing support to the ETC so that your workplace transportation program runs smoothly.
Emergency Ride Home
To help alleviate employee concerns about using a commute option, we provide an Emergency Ride Home program. If an employee who uses a commute option to get to work needs to attend to an emergency while at work, we’ll reimburse them for the cost of a taxi ride home, to their car, or to other approved locations.
Rewarding and acknowledging the great things smart commuters are doing is important. We promote a number of campaigns that reward smart commuters with great prizes.
Summer Smart Commute Rewards
We also want to acknowledge the work that goes into a successful worksite program, which is why we’ve created the Summit Awards. It’s our way of saying “Thanks, and great job!”
ORCA Business Accounts
Providing transit passes to your employees is now even easier with the ORCA (One Regional Card for All) Business programs. If you already offer a transit subsidy, making the switch to ORCA could save you money and time. If you don’t offer a subsidy, providing ORCA to employees can be a valuable benefit and free up parking or save on leased spaces.Visit the ORCA for Businesses page to learn about the different types of accounts available. We are happy to provide your business with a cost analysis to determine the ways an ORCA account could save you money.
Interested in learning more? Contact Sharon Stockwell, Employer Services Coordinator at 253.581.8112 or by email.
Read up on the Business Benefits, Emergency Ride Home, and Summit Awards to see what elements best fit with your business goals. For additional resources click the resources link below or the different commute modes in the purple bar above. All Pierce Trips programs are set up on a free, partnership basis.
Thinking this program is for your business? Contact Karen Henderson, Employer Services Coordinator at 253.581.8008 or by email.