Hillborough County Recognized As Top Commuter Workplace In U.S.

D'Ann Lawrence White
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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL — Hillsborough County government has been recognized as one of the best commuter workplaces in the U.S.

The county is among a select group of workplaces in the country that have achieved the Best Workplaces for Commuters National Standard of Excellence by providing an array of commuter benefits for employees.

These alternatives to driving to work in a single-occupant vehicle help reduce traffic congestion and negative impacts on the environment, while providing a competitive edge in employee retention and recruitment.

Among the county’s efforts:

  • Employees may purchase Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority monthly unlimited transit passes at a significantly reduced cost.

  • Employees are provided pre-tax savings on county parking fees.

  • Through a partnership with the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority, county employees have access to subsidized van pools and carpools, and an emergency ride home program.

  • Pilot teleworking programs that were already underway in early 2020 helped ensure a smooth transition to having additional employees work from home during the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 450 workplaces were named in 2021, a notable increase from last year’s list. Due to the pandemic, many employers have shifted their employee populations to working remotely.

Best Workplace for Commuters recognizes telework as a key benefit of a successful employee commuter benefits package, helping increase program adoption nationally.

To support employers and employees making the remote-work transition, BWC launched an online Telework Certificate program and provided webinars and educational tools to help transitions be successful.

“Being designated a Best Workplace for Commuters is a notable accomplishment. To qualify, an employer must demonstrate its commitment to its employees by providing progressive commuter programs, like telework, discounted transit passes, bicycle-friendly amenities and ride-share solutions,” said Julie Bond, program manager for Best Workplaces for Commuters. “Making this commitment has perks. By being recognized nationally as one of America’s leaders in helping employees commute smarter, these employers are able to recruit and retain talent, save on overhead costs, and work toward environmental sustainability goals.”

Workplaces must submit an online application each year and demonstrate they promote a selection of viable travel choices to employees besides driving alone.

Employers that meet the BWC National Standard of Excellence receive national recognition and access to an array of support services to bolster their commuter programs, including webinars, benchmark surveys, guidebooks and peer-to-peer networking opportunities.

BWC also provides tools to help workplaces assess how commuter programs benefit their organizations, their employees and the environment.

Best Workplaces for Commuters is the national authority on recognizing and assisting workplaces that provide exceptional commuter benefits to employees. The program is managed by the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida with support from the Florida Department of Transportation.

Also making the list were:

This article originally appeared on the Tampa Patch