Summary of Objective Implementation Status
The goal of CAR 4.2 is to promote the use of alternative forms of transportation for County employees, increase participation in the Clean Commute Program, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The objective set out to do this in three ways, 1) launch a monthly Clean Commute Incentive Program, 2) improve bus connections to County worksites, and 3) improve last mile connections between SMART stations and County worksites. Last year, we were awarded $150,000 from the Board’s first round of Strategic Plan funding to launch a Clean Commute Monthly Incentive Program. During the pilot period, permanent employees will be eligible for up to $40 per month if they ride the train, bus, carpool, bike or walk to work a certain number of days in a given period.
Prior to launching the pilot Monthly Incentive Program, we needed to launch a new Online Trip Tracker. The Online Trip Tracker allows employees to log their telework and alternative commute days. These logs will be used by the County to confirm eligibility for the pilot Monthly Incentive Program. The Trip Tracker was launched in April 2022 and we are anticipating to launch the Monthly Incentive Program in January 2023. We will continue to use Clean Commute program participation and greenhouse gas emission reductions as the key metrics.
Key Milestone Update
Coordination and Partnership Update
This is an internal program for County employees, so there will not be any coordination with the community or cities. However, the launch of all employee-related programs requires significant coordination between various County departments, including the County Administrator’s Office, Human Resources, ACTTC, ISD, and Public Infrastructure.
Community, Equity, and Climate Update
As mentioned above, this is an internal program for County employees. In terms of equity, by including various modes of transportation into the subsidy program, we are making the program as accessible as possible. There will always be geographic equity issues with public transportation systems, but that is not within the scope of this objective. The implementation of this objective will reduce employee commute greenhouse gas emissions.
We received $150,000 from the Board’s first round of Strategic Plan funding awards. This funding will be used support the pilot Monthly Incentive Program. It is expected that the funding will last 12-18 months, depending on program participation levels. Should the program be deemed successful, another request will be summitted to the Board for ongoing funding.
We have submitted a request for an additional $35,000 from the second round of Strategic Plan funding for administrative support to help carry out the significant amount of work associated with the launch and management of the Online Trip Tracker and new Monthly Incentive Program.