TAMPA (February 7, 2018) – Tampa Downtown Partnership has been named one of the Best Workplaces for CommutersSM in 2018 for offering exceptional employee-provided commuter benefits that meet the National Standard of Excellence criteria.
“Tampa Downtown Partnership is on the cutting edge of a national movement,” said Julie Bond, Program Manager, Best Workplaces for Commuters. “They have listened to their employees’ challenges with traffic congestion and their concerns over reducing emissions. By offering a range of commuter benefits such as subsiding bus fares, carpooling programs and access to Emergency Ride Home programs, the Partnership gives its employees the support they need to get to and from work so they can be at their best. These benefits are good for the company and its employees.”
Tampa Downtown Partnership is among a select group of workplaces in the United States that have committed to employee-provided commuter benefits that result in at least 14 percent of their employee base not driving alone to work within a 12-month period. The Partnership offers employees several commuter benefit options, including:
  • Commuter Allowance
  • Easy access to bike parking and showers/lockers
  • Emergency Ride Home program
  • Nearby ZipCar carshare hub
“We take pride in receiving our 2018 Best Workplaces for Commuters national designation,” said Karen Kress, AICP Director of Transportation and Planning for the Tampa Downtown Partnership. “We also enjoy helping other downtown businesses offer the same benefits to their workforce through the development of an Employee Transportation Plan,” said Kress. “There are so many mobility options in our Downtown that many people don’t know exist. Through an Employee Transportation Plan, we are able to sit down with employers to explore options that meet their needs.”
The Best Workplaces for Commuters program offers designated organizations access to a range of support services to assess and promote non-driving commuting of employees, including organizational assessment and implementation tool-kits, web-based tools and webinars, staff training, and information exchange.
“The companies on this list understand the importance and impact commuter benefits have on their employees and the value they bring to the environment,” said Bond. “Excellent commuter benefit programs may reward these companies not just with a national designation, but buoys workplace productivity, customer loyalty and brand recognition in an increasingly competitive marketplace.”