Can employers play a role in the commuting habits of their employees?
Yes. There are numerous transportation programs that employers can offer or promote to staff. There is no one-size-fits-all program. Companies should consider the options that best suit their employees' needs based on location, shift schedule, and the availability of modes (transit, rail, vanpool, and more).
What advantages does a company have for offering transportation programs?
Offering a transportation program is an inexpensive investment that pays with numerous benefits.
- Minimize payroll taxes - Employers who offer commuter benefits will save money on payroll taxes
- Reflects company and employee values - Companies with sustainability in their business plans can empower employees to reduce emissions in their daily lives
- Improves employee productivity - Employees who choose alternate forms of transportation to driving alone often arrive at work with less stress and ready to tackle the day
- Reduce parking needs - Decreasing the number of employees who drive alone to work will alleviate the demand for expanding parking
- Reduces health care claims - Employees who engage in active forms of transportation may improve health outcomes and thus decrease health insurance claims
- Attract and retain employees - Build a reputation as a worker-friendly company
How does the Wisconsin Department of Transportation support employers with transportation programs?
The Wisconsin RIDESHARE Coordinator is available to employers across the state to answer questions, suggest resources, and make connections with potential partners in your area. Contact Wisconsin RIDESHARE
RIDESHARE is a free service provided by the State of Wisconsin to connect commuters with a carpool or Bike Buddy. For employers who wish to make carpool or Bike Buddy matches a key component of their transportation program, ask about a customized RIDESHARE website for your business. Customization options include a unique URL that displays your company logo and messaging.
For employers who promote the use of the Wisconsin RIDESHARE program, the RIDESHARE Coordinator can provide a report of the accumulated environmental savings that employees have generated by using alternative commuting modes.
Employers who enroll in the Emergency Ride Reimbursement Program (ERRP) are eligible for partial reimbursement of the cost of a ride for employees in an emergency. See the Employer Toolkit for more information about ERRP.