County Government Applauds Companies for Commuter Benefit Program
By Mike Smith
Each December, Fairfax County Department of Transportation recognizes notable companies for their efforts in addressing employee and workplace commuting challenges. This year, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recognized a record-setting 16 employers who have taken the initiative to qualify as a “Best Workplace for Commuters.” These employers are improving employee commutes, increasing productivity, contributing to a better quality of life, enhancing recruitment and retention efforts, and reducing environmental impact by taking concrete steps to reduce traffic.
“We’re excited to recognize a record number of Fairfax County employers who in 2017 lead the region in providing outstanding commuter benefit programs to their employees,” said Walter Daniel, a senior transportation planner with Fairfax County Department of Transportation.
“Employers who offer commuting alternatives receive value through enhanced recruitment and retention of staff, decreased parking expenses and the ability to reduce employee absenteeism,” Daniel said. “It’s a win-win for employers, employees and Fairfax County.”
In order to receive this designation, companies must meet national standards to qualify. These companies implement commuter programs to improve mobility by reducing the number of single-occupant vehicles on the roads.
One of this year’s awardees, Farm Credit Administration, is an independent Federal agency that regulates and examines the banks, associations, and related entities of the Farm Credit System (FCS) and the first institution in Fairfax County to implement their own Bikeshare stall for their employees. Other employers have sustainable and flexible commuter programs such as ride-sharing, transit benefits, biking and walking resources, teleworking, alternate work schedules and other strategies.
The full list of this year’s awardees are:
• Ace Info Solutions
• Avenir Place (BEST SITE)
• Creative Systems Consulting
• eTrans Systems
• Farm Credit Administration
• Foxhole Technology
• Gabriel Marketing Group
• H2 CFO Consulting
• Mosaic (BEST SITE)
• New Oasis International Education
• S.O.S. International
• Open Technology Group
Since 2010, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, in partnership with the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research, has designated over 79 Best Workplaces for Commuters employers in Fairfax County. Best Workplaces for Commuters is a membership program that provides qualified employers with national recognition and an elite designation for offering outstanding commuter benefits. For more information on the requirements and full list of awardees, please visit www.bestworkplaces.com