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The Ada County Highway District is recognized nationally as a 2021 Best Workplaces for Commuters

The Ada County Highway District (ACHD) has been named one of the 2021 Best Workplaces for Commuters for offering employees exceptional commuter benefits.

ACHD is among a select group of workplaces in the United States that have achieved the Best Workplaces for Commuters National Standard of Excellence by providing an array of commuter benefits, resulting in at least 14 percent of their employee base not driving alone to work within a 12-month period. ACHD offers employees several commuter benefit options, including:

 

  • B.E.S.T. Program - rewards smart commuters with financial incentives and prizes (Commuter of the Month and Commuter of the Year)
  • $40 Vanpool Bucks monthly subsidy (on hold due to COVID-19; we are not promoting vanpool to ACHD employees at this time)
  • $20 transit subsidy for first three monthly bus passes
  • Pre-tax option for employees to purchase vanpool membership
  • Secure, covered bicycle parking
  • Lockers and showers onsite
  • Priority carpool parking
  • Full kitchen onsite (reduces midday trips for coffee, lunch, etc.)
  • Compressed work week program with employees working longer hours on fewer days, which reduces daily commute trips
  • Access to ACHD employee network within the statewide rideshare website, www.sharetherideidaho.com, to find carpool partners and other smart commute options
  • Designated Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC) and internal B.E.S.T. Committee

 

"The Ada County Highway District is one of the top employers in the nation offering high-level commuter benefits to their employees," said Julie Bond, Program Manager, Best Workplaces for Commuters. "The Ada County Highway District made the list because they offer transportation choices that includes the B.E.S.T. Program; a $20 transit subsidy for the first three months for a bus pass; lockers and showers on site; and secure, covered bicycle parking. The Ada County Highway District gives its employees the support they need to get to and from work and be at their best before, during, and after their workday."

"We are extremely proud about our progressive commuter benefit program that saves employees time, money, and stress," said ACHD Director Bruce Wong. "Our benefits give us a competitive edge in employee recruitment and retention while helping reduce traffic congestion and negative environmental impact."

Additionally, ACHD's employees who commute have saved a total of $34,174 in costs in 2020 (maintenance, fuel, etc.), and eliminated 24.9 tons of carbon emissions from the environment by using a smart commuting option.

The Best Workplaces for Commuters program offers designated organizations access to a range of support services to assess and promote non-driving commuting of employees, including organizational assessment and implementation tool-kits, web-based tools and webinars, staff training, and information exchange.

"The companies on this list recognize and embrace the beneficial outcomes commuter benefits have on their employees and the positive impact to the environment," said Bond. "Excellent commuter benefit programs reward these companies not just with a national designation, but buoys workplace productivity, customer loyalty, and brand recognition in an increasingly competitive marketplace."

About The Ada County Highway DistrictCommuteride

The Ada County Highway District is a countywide highway district working to bring transportation enhancements and solutions to the Ada County. They maintain more than 5,170 lane miles of roadway and devote $9-10 million each year to pedestrian and bicycle enhancements alone. ACHD's Commuteride is a vanpool program that operates 82 commuter vans and works to connect commuters to commuting solutions in the area.

About Best Workplaces for Commuters

Best Workplaces for Commuters is the national authority on recognizing and assisting workplaces that provide exceptional commuter benefits to employees. More than a recognition program, the Best Workplaces for Commuters program provides support needed to create and sustain an employer-provided commuter benefit program, including online assessment tools, advisory services, case studies, tool-kits, web-based tools, webinars and training. Best Workplaces for Commuters represents over 450 workplaces with Best Workplaces for Commuters designation representing over 2,000,000 employees. The Best Workplaces for Commuters program is managed by the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida with support from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

About Center for Urban Transportation Research

The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida, established in 1988, is an internationally recognized resource for policymakers, transportation professionals and the public. CUTR provides high quality, objective expertise in the form of insightful research, in-depth policy analysis, comprehensive training and education and effective technical assistance that translates directly into benefits for CUTR’s project sponsors. CUTR's faculty of more than 40 full-time researchers and 30 students, combines academic knowledge and extensive "real world" experience in developing innovative, implementable solutions for all modes of transportation. The multidisciplinary research faculty includes experts in economics, planning, engineering, public policy and geography. CUTR logs $21 million per year in expenditures through contracts and grants to support its research, education, training and technical assistance missions. CUTR is home to the National Institute of Congestion Reduction. In 2020, CUTR was competitively selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation as the national university transportation center focused on congestion.

 

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