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Who We Are

Alamo Commutes provides complimentary consultations to businesses starting or enhancing their commuter benefits programs. We are a free program provided by the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.

What We Do

We make it easy for your employees to choose sustainable, affordable, and healthy ways to get to work. We consult with employers on how to support diverse transportation modes, take advantage of tax benefits, and promote transportation alternatives.

Why Us

As a free service, we work with you to customize, create and easily administer employee transportation benefits. Our client-serving team is here to benefit both your bottom line and your employees.


What are the benefits?


Services

Custom Consultations

Alamo Commutes can visit your work site to consult with employees on their commute needs.

Custom Mapping

Alamo Commutes can provide custom maps of your work site, depicting nearby transportation options.

Employee Commute Surveys & Analysis Reports

Alamo Commutes can poll your employees travel patterns to identify program recommendations.

On-Site Promotions

Invite Alamo Commutes staff to your work site wellness fairs and other events.

Presentations & Workshops

Invite Alamo Commutes staff to present at Lunch & Learns, staff meetings, and other events.

Templates & Materials

Use Alamo Commutes templates when updating employee handbooks, developing promotional materials, or other communications.

Resources & Materials


Commute-Friendly Workplace

Foster a commuter-friendly workplace by encouraging employees to take advantage of more sustainable modes of transportation. In addition to mode-specific encouragement tactics, employers can implement company-wide strategies to target employees:

  • Inform employees of the Alamo Commutes rewards program. Record your sustainable transportation trips on the Alamo Commutes app to earn unique discounts at local and national retailers and restaurants.
  • Inform employees of the Alamo Commutes Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program. The Emergency Ride Home program reimburses alternative transportation commuters for their taxi/Uber/Lyft ride home.
  • Provide information on sustainable commute options at new hire orientation, in the employee handbook, and the benefits guide. Invite Alamo Commutes staff to present at new hire orientation and open enrollment.
  • Invite Alamo Commutes staff to present at employee Lunch & Learns, or to staff a table at an employee wellness fair. Alamo Commutes staff can also come to the work site to register employees for carpool matching and rewards.
  • Subsidize costs of alternative transportation modes. Using commuter tax benefits, allow employees to take pre-tax deductions to pay for commute costs.
  • Provide a commuter awards program that rewards employees that take alternative transportation. For example, employees may be recognized at staff meetings or given additional vacation time.
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Transportation Options

Encouraging your employees to bike is a great way to promote a healthy workforce and an environmentally-friendly travel mode.


How can I create a bike-friendly workplace?

  1. Develop a bike culture.
    • Host bicycle-oriented events, such as monthly bike commuter breakfasts, celebrating Bike to Work Day, and fostering company bicycle groups.
  2. Provide bicycle facilities.
    • Provide cyclists locker rooms, bicycle storage, bike racks, and bicycle maintenance tools. Provide free helmets and bike lights to encourage safe cycling.
  3. Offer bicycle education and maintenance classes.
    • For more information on classes, contact the Alamo Commutes team.
  4. Display helpful bicycle information.
    • Post materials such as bike maps, greenway maps, and bicycle safety guides. Provide information on social bicycle clubs and upcoming rides.
  5. Request a Swell Cycle station for your work site.
    • Alternatively, request dockless vehicles (bicycles or scooters) for your work site. Or provide company bicycles that employees can check out.
  6. Provide the bicycle commuter tax benefit.
    • Employers can reimburse employees up to $20 per month, tax-free, for bicycle commuting related expenses.
  7. Educate employees.
    • Regularly remind employees of the Alamo Commutes rewards program and Emergency Ride Home.
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Reduce your work site parking demand by encouraging employees to opt for public transit instead.


Foster a bus-friendly workplace by:

  1. Reducing expenses.
    • Subsidize the cost of a bus pass. The VIA Works program provides employer options for purchasing transit fares.
    • Commuters can deduct up to $260 per month from their paycheck before taxes and use it towards bus fares. Employers can subsidize the cost of transit passes, tax-free, and/or allow employees to take pre-tax deductions.
  2. Providing rider amenities.
    • Request a bus stop or upgraded bus shelter from VIA Metropolitan Transit.
    • If your work site has early and late shifts, request extended bus service.
    • Provide a parking cash out for employees that use public transit.
  3. Providing educational materials.
    • Provide informative materials on-site, such as bus route maps.
    • Inform employees of the Alamo Commutes rewards program and Emergency Ride Home.

Employees that ride together to work exhibit higher levels of productivity, reduced stress, and improved social bonds.


What you can do...

  • Foster a carpool and vanpool-friendly workplace.
    • Encourage employees to find their carpool match for free using the Alamo Commutes app. Invite Alamo Commutes staff to present on their carpool matching serivce and help employees sign up.
    • Provide information on the VIA Metropolitan Transit vanpool program. Subsidize the cost of the van rental.
    • Host “Meet Your Neighbor” mixers where employees can meet their potential carpool matches.
    • Provide preferred carpool/vanpool parking or parking discounts for carpoolers.
    • Encourage employees to go car-free (at work, at least) by providing transportation services at the work site.
  • Foster a car-lite workplace by:
    • Requesting a carshare service at your work site. For example, Zipcar provides employer accounts for a $75 start-up fee. Estimate the monthly cost to your business on the Zipcar website.
    • Providing company cars to use for personal and professional needs during the work day.
    • Requesting a Swell Cycle station for your work site. Alternatively, request dockless vehicles (bicycles or scooters) for your work site. Or provide company bicycles that employees can check out.
    • Working with a transportation service like Uber or Lyft to provide ride credits for employees.
    • Encourage employees to opt for webinars or conference calls, when available, instead of taking in-person meetings.
    • Provide on-site amenities such as a cafeteria or gym.

Flexible scheduling can help both employers and employees. Employees benefit from improved work-life balance and employers benefit from reduced absenteeism, improved retention rates, and improved employee morale.


Implement flexible scheduling in your workplace:

  1. Provide flexible scheduling guidelines.
    • Establish a company-wide flexible scheduling policy, with specific guidelines for telecommuting, compressed work weeks, and flex-time.
    • For telecommuting, provide employer/employee agreements and encourage supervisors to implement training for employees.
  2. Subsidize technology costs.
    • Set aside a portion of your company’s budget to fund telecommuting arrangements, including computer equipment and home office supplies.
  3. Promote flexible scheduling arrangements.
    • Share policies for flexible scheduling arrangements at new hire orientation, open enrollment, and staff meetings.
    • Include guidelines for flexible scheduling arrangements into new hire packets and benefits guides.

Employers can encourage employees to opt for alternative transportation through providing either parking incentives or parking penalties. Parking management can significantly reduce worksite parking demand.


Manage parking demand in your workplace:

  1. Offer a parking cash out.
    • Provide employees a cash incentive to give up their parking space.
  2. Provide preferred parking.
    • For employees that carpool or vanpool, provide reserved parking spaces near the entrance.
  3. Charging employees for parking.
    • Free parking incentivizes employees to drive to work – and leaves less parking for customers and visitors.
  4. Fund commuter benefits.
    • Using parking revenue to fund alternative transportation benefits such as bus passes, bicycle parking, and rewards programs.

Walking not only energizes your employees, it cuts down on your insurance and healthcare costs. If employees aren’t able to walk to work, encourage them to walk to lunch and nearby meetings.


Foster a pedestrian-friendly workplace:

  1. Conduct a walkability audit.
    • Invite Alamo Commutes staff to conduct a walkability audit of your work site. Alamo Commutes will identify barriers to walkability and recommend solutions.
  2. Provide resources.
    • Provide pedestrian resources such as pedestrian safety guides and reflective clothing.
  3. Incorporate physical activity.
    • Support employee-administered walking groups. Encourage supervisors to conduct walking meetings.
  4. Provide facilities.
    • Provide showers and locker rooms.
  5. Walk to lunch.
    • Encourage employees to walk to lunch or nearby meetings rather than drive.
  6. Offer safety training.
    • Invite Alamo Commutes to conduct pedestrian safety training for employees.