RTI International among best workplaces for commuters

Research Triangle Park, NC – RTI International was recently recognized as one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters, for providing staff members with alternative commute options.

The list of 231 companies was determined by the Center for Urban Transportation, and funded by Best Workplaces for Commuters, a membership program that encourages companies to offer outstanding benefits for carpool, van and bus users.

Only employers who provide benefits that result in at least 14 percent of employees no longer driving alone to work during a 12-month period can earn this distinction. 

“We are extremely proud of our efforts to encourage employees to seek alternate options for commuting,” said Jim Gibson, executive vice president and chief operating officer at RTI. “Not only are we helping to cut down on road congestion and fuel usage, but we’re asking our employees to think of new, innovative ways to reduce consumption.”

Last year, RTI announced more policies to encourage alternative methods to commute to work, including increasing the maximum transit subsidy it provides alternative commuters from $120 to $255 per month, and introducing a bike-to-work subsidy available to employees and interns who meet guidelines.

Employees at RTI and throughout the Research Triangle Park also have access to Triangle GoSmart’s Emergency Ride Home program, which is available to all Durham, Orange and Wake County commuters. The Emergency Ride Home program will assist anyone who has shared a ride, taken the bus or walked or biked to work on the day the ride is needed.

“The 231 companies designated as the 2017 Best Workplaces for Commuters are part of a national movement,” said Julie Bond, program manager for Best Workplaces for Commuters. “Companies are recognizing that it makes good business sense to provide commuter benefits, such as subsidizing bus fares, designating parking for carpoolers or allowing employees to work from home.”

GoSmart also offers Triangle employees and employers information about sustainable travel services around the triangle.