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.
We are the only organization in the Alamo Area that works with residents to develop free, custom commutes.
What are the benefits?
The average 20 mile round-trip commute costs $216 per month, and $2,592 per year – even more if you drive a larger vehicle, or have a longer commute. Carpooling with just one other person reduces that cost by half; a VIA Metropolitan Transit monthly bus pass costs 1/5 that; and walking is free!
Stop Fighting Traffic
The Texas Transportation Institute found that in 2015, the average urban commuter wasted 42 hours every year stuck in traffic jams – a full-time work week. Instead, ride the bus, carpool, walk or bike and use your morning and afternoon commute to catch up on the “Three R’s” – read, relax, and rest.
Improve Your Health and Well Being
Research shows that your daily commute may be causing your anxiety levels to increase, your risk of depression to rise, and your blood pressure to spike. Using public transit, ridesharing, and walking or biking are less stressful than driving in congested city traffic.
Reduce Air Pollution
In 2018, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designated Bexar County “nonattainment”, meaning that air pollution has passed federal standards. Gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles produce tailpipe emissions, contributing to poor air quality.
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.
In order to be eligible for the Emergency Ride Home reimbursement, users must meet these requirements:
- You must live or work in Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, or Kendall County.
- You must have an up-to-date Alamo Commutes profile on the website or mobile app. Your home and work address must be accurate so that we can cross-reference your ERH trip receipt with your user profile.
- You must have recorded three (3) smart commute trips on the Alamo Commutes platform in the last seven days. A round-trip commute (from home to work and back) counts as two trips. If you have a regular smart commute, you can automatically record your trips on the Alamo Commutes app or website.
- Qualifying commute modes include:
- Bicycle, scooter or other non-vehicular conveyance
- Carpool and vanpool
- Public transit
- You are eligible for an Emergency Ride Home reimbursement if you are a full-time, part-time or contract worker, and if you meet the other conditions. College students also qualify.
- If you do not meet the above requirements, the Emergency Ride Home voucher will not appear as a reward in the Alamo Commutes Rewards section.
Qualifying emergencies may include:
- Personal or family emergency (e.g., break-in at home, home maintenance emergency, child suspended from school)
- Personal or family illness
- Unscheduled overtime
- Typical commuting mode becomes unexpectedly unavailable (e.g., vanpool vehicle breaks down)
- Transportation to a hospital or doctor’s office following an on-the-job injury
Circumstances that would not qualify may include:
- Pre-arranged appointments, such as visits to the doctor or dentist
- Work-related travel, such as rides to the airport or business meetings across town
- Rides to work
- Transit delays
- Overtime that occurs regularly or scheduled in advance
- A ride home after drinking
1) Take Your Trip
When an emergency arises, select the transportation mode you'd like to use to get home.Your reimbursement covers the cost of a taxi or other ride for hire trip, rented vehicle (such as carshare, scooter or bicycle), or transit. If you've selected rideshare, call or text the cab or other ride-for-hire company of your choice (such as Uber or Lyft) 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.
You'll pay for the ride up front. 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. Tips are NOT included in their imbursement.
2) Request Reimbursement
No more than seven days after your emergency ride home, request a reimbursement form 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 reimbursement request form will be sent to you within 24 hours of download. Email the completed form and your receipt to email@example.com or mail it to 825 South Saint Mary's Street, San Antonio, TX, 78205.
In cases where a ride home costs more than $50 the employee may either pay the difference or submit more than one reimbursement request voucher for the same ride.
3) 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 voucher.