Skip to main content Back to Top

Commuter

Who We Are

Whether you’re relocating, starting a new job, or just wanting to change your commute, the Alamo Commutes team can help rethink your trip to work. All of our services are free to residents or employees of Bexar, Comal, and Guadalupe Counties, as well as a portion of Kendall County.

What We Do

Based on your commute route and needs, we can help you select and plan an affordable, sustainable, and convenient commute to work.

Why Us

We are the only organization in the Alamo Area that works with residents to develop free, custom commutes.


What are the benefits?


Transportation Options

Bike to work, meetings, and anywhere else you can think of!



Here are some bicycle safety tips to remember:

  1. Be Prepared
    • Wear a helmet. Helmets dramatically reduce the risk of head injury in a bicycle accident.
  2. Be Predictable
    • Ride where drivers expect you. Do not ride on sidewalks.
    • Follow all traffic laws. Bicyclists are required to obey all traffic signals and regulatory signs (including stop signs).
    • Never ride against traffic. It increases the possibility and severity of a crash.
  3. Be Visible
    • Use signals. When making turns, use hand signals. When passing, use your bell or call out.
  4. Be Aware
    • Beware of parked cars. Ride at least five feet away from parked vehicles, and watch for people exiting—doors can open at any time.
    • Be careful at intersections. Watch for crossing vehicle traffic at intersections, even if you have the right-of-way.
    • Be alert. Scan the road for possible obstructions including potholes, rocks, and railroad tracks. Always know your surroundings.

You can map your bike route on Google Maps, using the City of San Antonio's interactive bike map or the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization's iMap depicting bicycle data and facilities, including the level of traffic stress on roadways. You can also ride on the City of San Antonio’s extensive greenway trails system.


SWell Cycle logo

Alamo Area MPO "iMap"

Explore dozens of geographic data layers assembled by the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization to plan your trip.


You can use your personal bicycle for trips, or opt for an annual bike share membership through Swell Cycle. There are also many dockless scooter options, including Bird, Lime, and Blue Duck.

Bike Rental:
SWell Cycle logo

SWell Cycle

Find and pay for bike share rentals.


Dockless Scooters:
Bird logo and link to website
Lime logo and link to website
Blue Duck logo and link to website
Strava logo

Strava

A social network connecting runners and cyclists, and ride stats.


SWell Cycle logo

SWell Cycle

Find and pay for bike share rentals.


Alamo Commutes app logo

Alamo Commutes App

Earn rewards for your bike trips.

Placeholder image

Learn the "Rules of the Road" by attending a Street Skills class at the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. Street Skills are an off-bike, informal class where participants can learn how to bike safely and avoid common crash scenarios.

Learn More

I biking because...

Helmet hair image

I love my helmet hair.

Toned legs image

My legs are toned!

Saves Money image

It saves money.

graphic of hand holding stopwatch

It's flexible for my schedule.

Ride the bus to work, meetings, while running errands, or to special events. #VIAMovesMe!


Placeholder image

VIA Metropolitan Transit provides bus service to most portions of Bexar County. VIA offers regular and reduced bus fare rates for one-way trips, as well as weekly and monthly passes. Purchase your fare on the VIA Online Store, the VIA Go Mobile app, or in person at a VIA Transit Center, and some retail locations.

Buy a Ticket

  • You can plan your bus route using the VIA Trip Planner, Google Maps, or an app such as Moovit or Transit.
  • Park your car for free and carpool, vanpool, or take the bus at a VIA Park & Ride. Find the Park & Ride closest to your house then plug in that address as your origin to plan your bus trip.
  • Visit the VIA Metropolitan Transit website for more information on other services including VIA Trans, VIVA routes, special event service, and how to ride with a bike.
VIA logo Google Maps logo Moovit logo Transit app logo

Alamo Regional Transit (ART) provides public transportation bus service to residents in Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Medina, McMullen, and Wilson Counties. You can schedule your ride by calling 1(866) 889-7433 or using their online form.

image of Alamo Regional Transit bus

I to ride the bus because...

parking tag graphic

I don't have to pay for parking.

image of relaxation

I spend my time relaxing and reading emails.

cheap image

It's so cheap!

wifi-enabled bus graphic

Free wifi.

Be a smart car commuter. Instead of driving alone, share the ride in a carpool, vanpool, carshare, or rideshare.


Carpooling is when riders share a car trip. For example, carpooling to work with a colleague or to lunch with a friend. A vanpool is a larger carpool with 5-15 riders sharing a vehicle.

image of a Zipcar
Carpool
image of a Zipcar
Vanpool
(Photo credit: Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)

Use the Alamo Commutes website or mobile app to find a free carpool match and earn rewards for recording your sustainable trips.

After contacting your carpool match, set up an informal meet and greet to discuss how to operate your carpool. You may want to discuss the following:

  1. Personal Information
    • The exchange of contact information, including cell phone numbers.
    • Any personal preferences, like eating or smoking in the car.
  2. Trip Planning
    • Who will be driving and who will be riding along.
    • Any scheduling anomalies (“I take Fridays off” or “I drive myself on Tuesdays”).
    • Whether you will have a meeting point or pick up arrangement.
    • How long you’re willing to wait for the other person.
  3. The Cost Split
    • The IRS defines the 2018-2019 rate of mileage reimbursement as .535 cents per mile, accounting for the costs of fuel, insurance, and vehicle mileage. This is a more comprehensive measure than simply the cost of gas.

VIA Metropolitan Transit coordinates vanpool arrangements and provides rental vans. A vanpool costs an individual rider between $44-129 per month based on the size of the van and the average mileage. For questions on the VIA Vanpool program, visit their website or call (210) 362-2555.

image of VIA vanpool vans

Carsharing is a short-term car rental, typically for less than a day. Ridesharing is conducted through Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber or Lyft. Carsharing and ridesharing can support a car-lite or car-free lifestyle by providing access to personal vehicle transportation.

image of a Zipcar
Zipcar Carshare
image of a Zipcar
Ridesharing App (ie. Uber, Lyft)

Carshare services, such as Zipcar, provide members on-demand vehicle access for hourly, daily, or annual rates. Currently only Zipcar services the San Antonio metropolitan area with locations at Trinity University and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Visit the Zipcar website for more information.

Use a ride-hail service such as a taxi, Uber, or Lyft to make short trips that cannot be completed by an alternative mode of transportation. Better yet, use UberPool or Lyft Line to reduce the cost of your trip and share the ride with other users.

I being a smart car commuter because...

carpool image

I like having a friend on my daily commute.

graphic depicting cost splitting

We split costs so it’s cheaper.

traffic graphic

I don’t drive so traffic is less stressful.

time flexibility image

It’s more flexible than taking the bus.

Balance professional and personal needs, and spend less time sitting in traffic, with flexible scheduling.


Telecommuting
Telecommuting is a work arrangement where the employee works away from the office, such as at their home.
Compressed Work Week
Compressed work week employees work the traditional 40 hour work week in a shorter number of days. For example, an employee may work four 10 hour days.
Flex-Time
A flex-time schedule allows employees to arrive and depart work outside of the core business hours, typically 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For example, an employee may work from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Consider your job responsibilities.
Before meeting with your supervisor, consider the feasibility of a flexible scheduling arrangement within your job responsibilities. For example, if you conduct numerous in-person meetings, telecommuting may not be a viable option.
Review your employee handbook.
Review your company guidelines to see if your employer already has guidelines for flexible scheduling arrangements.
Develop your flex schedule.
If you determine that flexible scheduling works for both you and your employer, develop an arrangement to present to your supervisor.
Present your arrangement.
Present your flexible scheduling arrangement to your supervisor and be prepared to address their concerns. Offer to implement your flexible scheduling arrangement on a trial basis to see how it affects your professional duties.
image of somebody working from a remotely away from the office
Employees need to remotely access the server.
Online services, such as Go To My PC, allow telecommuters to access their office computer and company fileserver from a remote location.
Meet virtually.
Virtual online conferences, by phone or video, eliminate the need for in-person meetings. Popular paid solutions include Go To Meeting, WebEx, and Adobe Connect. Alternatively, Google Hangouts and Skype are free options.

I flexible scheduling because...

graphic of working in pajamas

I can work in my pajamas.

traffic graphic

I can avoid rush hour traffic.

scale graphic

I can balance other personal needs.

checklist graphic

It’s more productive for me.

Walking is human-powered transportation! Put your feet to work.


Here are some walking safety tips to remember:

  1. Be Predictable
    • Cross the street at marked crosswalks and intersections. Remember, jaywalking is illegal and unsafe.
    • Obey all traffic signs and signals. Use pedestrian push buttons and begin crossing the street on the “Walk” signal. If there aren’t any pedestrian crossing lights, wait until it is safe to cross.
  2. Be Visible
    • Make yourself visible by wearing bright or reflective clothing. Consider carrying a flashlight or blinking light at night.
    • Make eye contact and wait for cars to stop. Assume drivers can’t see you. Even cars that appear to be slowing down may not stop. Watch out for trucks and buses backing out of parking spaces and driveways.
  3. Be Aware
    • Remove your headphones and put away distracting devices when crossing the street.
    • Look both ways before crossing. Always check that the intersection is clear and that drivers and cyclists see you before stepping onto the crosswalk or road.

For City of San Antonio residents, report infrastructure concerns to the 311 Office. Contact 311 by calling 311, using the 311SA app, tweeting @SA311, or visiting their website.

Alamo Commutes and the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization provide free walkability audits for communities and work sites through the Walkable Community Workshop program. Walkability audits identify barriers to walkability, including incomplete sidewalks, high speeds or traffic volumes.

I walking because...

exercise

It’s an efficient way to exercise.

image depicting perspective

I experience my city from another perspective.

graphic of a piggy bank

It’s so cheap!

graphic of an empty parking space

I never have to find parking.


Emergency Ride Home

If you’ve taken alternative transportation to work and you have an emergency, Alamo Commutes will cover the cost of your ride home.

Alamo Commutes provides up to $50, four times a year for an emergency ride home via a taxi or other ride-hail service, such as Uber or Lyft.

Emergency Ride Home logo

Qualifying emergencies include personal or family illness/injury, your carpool partners illness/injury, unexpected overtime, bicycle has broken down, or a weather-related event. Examples of non-reimbursable events include personal events, scheduled overtime, transportation system delays, or scheduled overtime.

Alamo Commutes and the AAMPO reserve the right to deny any and all requests if any of the above conditions are not met to our satisfaction. Neither AAMPO, Agile Mile, nor any of the program sponsors are responsible for any personal injury, loss of income, consequential damages resulting from delays or absence of a cab or rental car, or termination of the program.

  • You live and work within Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, or Kendall Counties;
  • You carpool or vanpool, take the bus, ride a bike, or walk to work an average of three times per week or more; and
  • You record your trips and keep your home, organization, and email address current on the Alamo Commutes website or app.
  1. Record Your Trips
    • Regularly record your trips by bus, car/vanpool, bicycle or walking on the Alamo Commutes website or mobile app. Keep your home, work, and email information current on your rider profile. Once you have recorded your trips for at least one week, you will begin to see the CARE rebate offered among your reward listings.
  2. Take Your Trip
    • When an emergency arises, call or text the cab or other ride-for-hire company of your choice to arrange for a ride. If it is related to your emergency, an intermediate stop (such as at a daycare or school to pick up a sick child) is allowed before going home or to where you’ve left your car. Make sure you get a receipt showing the ride service company name, date, time, charges, and origin and destination addresses, and driver’s name or ID number.
  3. Request Reimbursement
    • Within a few days after your emergency ride home, request a reimbursement coupon through the “Rewards” section of the Alamo Commutes website or mobile app (click on "Get Rewards" and scroll down to find the CARE Program, or search “CARE” in the Rewards search bar.) DO NOT request a rebate form before an emergency trip is taken, because the form will expire in one week. The coupon form will be sent to you within 24 hours. Email the completed form to aampo@alamoareampo.org.

      In cases where a ride home costs more than $50 the employee may either pay the difference or submit more than one reimbursement request coupon for the same ride.
  4. Receive Reimbursement
    • Following positive verification that you have met the conditions mentioned above, the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO) will send you a reimbursement check for up to $50 per coupon.