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For Employers

SNCI's free services are a win-win for employers.  Employers who offer and actively promote options can improve attendance, productivity and morale in the workplace. Transportation choices improve communities by decreasing both traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. 

Benefits

 Providing alternative commute options for employees has many potential benefits including: reducing the stress and cost of the commute for your employees, reducing parking congestion at the worksite, and reducing traffic congestion on local roadways.

Using commute alternatives also improves air quality and is a way for your company to be more green and sustainable. It can help you meet the qualifications to become a Certified Green Business. 

Free Services and Tools 

Want to help your employees find better, more economical ways to get to work? SNCI offers a variety of free services and tools to help you put together a successful Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Program at your worksite.  Contact SNCI's Employer Outreach Specialist in your area for assistance:

For Vallejo/ Benicia/ Napa County: Sean Hurley at 707-399-3218 or shurley@sta.ca.gov or

For Fairfield/ Suisun/ Vacaville/ Rio Vista/ Dixon: Paulette Cooper at 707-399-3210 or pcooper@sta.ca.gov

Employer Consultation

SNCI staff has a wealth of knowledge about programs to save your company money, make your employees happier, improve productivity and decrease time lost sitting in traffic. Explore your options and learn how your company and employees can benefit from commute alternatives by scheduling a short 30 minute meeting with SNCI's employer outreach specialist. We can come to your worksite at your convenience, provide an overview of SNCI's services and discuss your company's specific needs.

Marketing and Outreach 

Promoting commute alternatives at your worksite is easy. We'll provide you with all the materials and advice you need to create a great worksite promotion. Call SNCI's employer outreach specialist to learn more about promoting commute alternatives at your worksite.

Onsite Events

As part of our marketing and outreach services, SNCI will participate in employee events, such as health and transportation fairs, at your worksite. Events are a great way to promote commute alternatives to your employees and provide them an opportunity to directly meet and talk with SNCI staff about their commute options. Contact the SNCI employer outreach specialist to plan an event.

Display racks/Brochures

Transit schedules, commuter information guides, bicycle maps and other brochures are available from SNCI. We can also provide a display rack and/or wall map to make it convenient to display these items in a break room or other location accessible to employees.

Carpooling/Ridematching/Transit Trip Planning Carpool 2

Finding a way to work has never been easier! SNCI participates in the regional 511.org ridesharing services, an interactive, on-demand system that helps you find carpools, vanpools or bicycle partners. With just a few clicks, the SNCI Rideshare Program's RideMatch Service instantly matches individuals with other people making the same commute. SNCI also offers transit trip planning by telephone. Just call 800-535-6883.  

Vanpool Formation Assistance/Support

If vanpooling may be an option at your worksite, we can help your employees set up vanpools from start to finish. With your interest or assistance, SNCI can host a vanpool formation meeting at your worksite. In addition, vanpools can save employees money and increase the likelihood they will arrive at work refreshed rather than stressed. SNCI offers several incentives in the form of gasoline cards to vanpool start-ups, new vanpool drivers and backup drivers. Learn more...

  

Bucks for Bikes

SNCI offers an incentive of up to $100 (220KB, pdf) for individuals who purchase a new bicycle for commuting. To qualify, applicants must live or work in Solano or Napa counties and meet additional requirements.  Request information

Relocation Assistance

If your business is in the process of moving or planning a move in the future, SNCI Program staff can facilitate a smooth transition for you and your employees. Just call the SNCI employer outreach specialist to help you create a customized transportation plan for your employees.

Emergency Ride HomeCommute Analysis   

To select the best services for your company overall, a commute analysis is a good place to start. Using a list of employee home zip codes and work shifts, or a quick and easy survey, SNCI will identify:

  1. What cities your employees come from;
  2. How many miles they travel round trip;
  3. How they get to and from work on various days and work shifts. It is important to get the most accurate picture as possible of current commute patterns so we can tailor our recommendations to your company and best serve your employees.

Emergency Ride Home

Let us make it easier for you to support your employees' commute to work. In Solano and Napa counties SNCI's Emergency Ride Home Program provides employees peace of mind when trying transit, carpooling, vanpooling, walking or biking to work. Join the dozens of employers and hundreds of employees participating in SNCI's Emergency Ride Home Program.

Commuter Tax Benefit

Current federal tax law allows employers to purchase transit passes, or offer vanpool subsidies for your employees as a pre-tax payroll deduction, or offer it as a tax-free benefit to your employees. It's a great way to save on payroll taxes while encouraging your employees to commute to work by transit or vanpool. For more information, click here.

Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program 

The Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program requires employers with 50 or more full time employees in the Bay Area to offer commuter benefits to their employees. Employers subject to the program were required to select and implement their program by September 30, 2014. Those who have not registered, should do so now. Contact your “Employer Outreach Contact SNCI's Employer Outreach Specialist in your area for assistance:

For Vallejo/ Benicia/ Napa County: Sean Hurley at 707-399-3218 or shurley@sta.ca.gov or

For Fairfield/ Suisun/ Vacaville/ Rio Vista/ Dixon: Paulette Cooper at 707-399-3210 or pcooper@sta.ca.gov

 

Employers must select one of four Commuter Benefit options to offer their employees.

Option 1: Pre-tax payroll deduction for transit or vanpool

Option 2: Direct subsidy for transit or vanpool

Option 3: Employer-provided transportation

Option 4: Alternative commuter benefit, designed for those who use other alternative commute modes like carpooling, bicycling, and walking. 

 

 Menu of measures:
               
Option 4A: Choose one primary & two secondary measures

                Option 4B: Choose four secondary measures

PRIMARY MEASURES  SECONDARY MEASURES 
Carpool Subsidy ($3/day) Employer-specific carpool match service (free) 
Bicycle Subsidy ($20/month) Emergency Ride Home program (frre) 
Telework Program Preferred parking for carpools 
Compressed work-week Secure, on-site bicycle parking 
Parking Cash-Out Showers/lockers for bicyclists/walkers 
Electric Vehicle Implementation Employer-sponsored Bike Share Program 
  Employee commuting "awards" program 
  On-site amenity (cafe, ATM. childcare, etc.)
  Provide real-time commuting info

Promotions

Commute Challenge

Bike to Work Day

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          Bike to Work Day Logo  

The Commute Challenge is a targeted outreach campaign for County employers to encourage employees to use transit, carpool, vanpool, bike, or walk to work at least 30 workdays within a specified three month period.

 

Solano Commute Challenge

Napa Commute Challenge

 

Each year Bike to Work Day is celebrated in May.  This region-wide promotion enlists employers to encourage biking to work.  For more information about the Bike to Work Promotion, click here...