Want a Commute that's Easier, Less Stressful, and Less Expensive?
MAP stands for Mobility Alternatives Program, and it can help companies improve their benefits package while saving employees time and money on their commute. MAP also helps reduce traffic and air pollution in our region.
About the Mobility Alternatives Program
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MAP can help everyone find a better way to get to work. Whether it's on transit, in a car pool or van pool, or even working from home, MAP has information on what the various alternatives are and how companies and individuals can take advantage of them.
And there's Share-A-Ride, too: a free, comprehensive, computerized commute match service that can put employees in touch with the most convenient transit options or with other commuters going their way.
And the best part is, this program is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), so it's free to employers and employees.
Any commuter who works in southeastern Pennsylvania can Sign Up for Share-A-Ride.
Mobility Alternatives: EMPLOYERS
If you'd like to encourage greater use of transit by your employees, we can work with you and your staff, and even involve SEPTA, to make everyone more aware of the services in your area and how to overcome obstacles to transit use.
The Share-A-Ride program is a free, computerized ridematch service that gives commuters working in southeastern Pennsylvania information on convenient transit services, setting up car and vanpool groups, even walking and bicycling opportunities. Even employers can get on board by locating matches for their employees!
The Emergency Ride Home (ERH) service is a "safety net" for commuters working in southeastern Pennsylvania who share their ride to work (carpool, vanpool, transit) on a regular basis. Commuters can sign up to be covered by the service.
Park and Ride lots are areas specifically dedicated for use by commuters to park vehicles while using public transit or participating in carpools or vanpools. See map of official Park-N-Ride lots.
Flextime allows employees to alter their arrival and departure times slightly to accommodate various commute schedules. Compressed Work Weeks allow certain employees to condense the hours they work into fewer days, increasing the length of each work day, and thus decreasing the number of days spent at the work site, and commuting to and from home.
Telework, or telecommuting, allows employees to work remotely or from home under special arrangements with their employer. Employers can learn how to set up formal telework policies and programs.
There are many types of incentives to consider, and each has a different cost, depending on how it is executed and who participates. RideECO, employee discounts at local retailers and restaurants, and preferential parking are some examples that are covered.
Parking Management encourages employees to use shared commute methods by making single-occupancy vehicle (SOV) travel less convenient and/or more expensive. These programs can also be beneficial to employers by eliminating the need for additional parking lot construction and reducing maintenance costs.
There are a number of partner organizations that can help you find the information and programs you need, such as the Transportation Management Association (TMA) in your area.
There are several other options that can make shared commutes more attractive to employees, including providing bicycle and walking facilities, shuttle services, and accommodating childcare schedules.