For over 30 years, Pace has been working with businesses to help them develop transportation solutions to find and retain a stronger, skilled workforce. In addition to offering a commuter benefit, there are a variety of mobility strategies being implemented across the nation that might benefit your company.
Here are a few possibilities to consider:
- Adjust telework schedules or regular shifts so employees’ shared rides by train, bus or Pace Vanpool can occur on the same days/times.
- Coordinate with nearby employers and other stakeholders to create “first and last mile” solutions such as an Employer Shuttle, Traditional Vanpooling, Feeder Vanpool, carpooling, taxi, ride-hailing or bike riding
- Explore public transportation. Find out what bus or train lines employees can take to your worksite(s). Coordinate with Pace to determine if modifying an existing bus route is feasible.
- Select a worksite in a location where public transportation options, such as train stations and bus routes, already exist. Consider the proximity to where your target workforce lives.
- Supplement the commuter benefit by including incentives that encourage use of public transportation, carpooling and bike riding.
Pace is here to provide the support, commute options and tools to help create, implement, and maintain a commuter program.
Pace Vanpooling is a flexible commute option that a group of 4-15 employees can customize to their work schedule. To get started, Pace can introduce vanpooling to your employees, help encourage participation, and administer the program. And you get the benefit of employees arriving to work with lower stress and more take-home pay!
Employers may consider offering additional benefits to program participants such as:
- Preferred parking spots
- Offering subsidies
- Participating in the Transit Benefits Program, in which employees pay fares with pre-tax dollars through payroll deduction
Did you know that Illinois employers incur no liability related to their employees participating in ridesharing? See the Illinois State law Vehicle Code 625 ILCS 5/10-202.
Pace offers a free regional ridematching system, PaceRideShare.com, which allows individual commuters to register at no cost and access a list of people who match their commute. Participants in this ridematching system can form their own carpools or, if the group consists of four or more, form a Pace vanpool.
The site is a valuable tool to employers too. PaceRideShare employer administrators have access to pollution reduction reports and an email list of registered participants. Employers who offer a commuter program often increase the number of rideshare groups formed when they direct employees to register on PaceRideShare.com and provide other benefits such as priority parking or a transit subsidy. To learn more about rideshare or to become an employer administrator, visit PaceRideShare.com.
Whether you are looking for a few posters or interested in setting up a commuter program, the Pace Commuter Toolkit is designed to assist employers with educating their workforce on their workday commute, starting, or enhancing a commuter program and providing ready-to-use materials and money-saving resources. By sharing commuter information often and with new hires, employees will be informed and prepared to respond to unexpected workday commute changes, resulting in better attendance and more productivity.