Alternative Commute Options
Carpooling involves two or more people commuting to and from work together in a private vehicle. Those involved in the carpool can determine who will drive, establish schedules, and discuss possible payment for gas and maintenance. Employers can encourage employees to carpool by offering incentives such as preferred parking at work and guaranteed ride homes in case of emergencies to minimize their worries. Overall, carpooling can be beneficial to all those involved. This alternative commute allows you to take advantage of high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, potentially reducing commute time, saving gas money, and arriving to work more relaxed.
Vanpools include 6 to 15 commuters who reside in the same area and commute to work offices near one another. Existing vans are set up and maintained by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA), and Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T). The cost of the vanpool is divided amongst the number of commuters, and emergency rides home are offered to those involved as well. Guaranteed rides home are included to alleviate any possible fears you may have about not having a vehicle to get around, should a serious situation arise. Your involvement lets you benefit from possible commute time reductions, meeting new people in the vanpool, minimizing stress, and more.
Transit (Bus & Rail)
One of the best ways to minimize vehicles on the road (helping with both air quality and traffic congestion) is to take the bus and/or the light rail. Our region’s mass transit system is operated by DART, DCTA, and The T. These agencies can work with you and your employer to help finance passes and/or offer education making the bus or train a part of their daily commute. We advise you to visit each agency’s website to find the best route for your commute trips.
Biking & Walking
Biking and walking as alternative commute choices are both cost effective and great for personal health. Utilizing these commute modes (along with mass transit if necessary) to get you to and from work will make for more economical and healthy trips. In addition, the majority of buses now have bike carrier racks to make biking to the office easier. Bikes are also allowed on light rail transit and the TRE, and many of the stations and transit centers have bike racks, bike lids, and bike lockers available too. There are plenty of pedestrian walk-paths and sidewalks to give a sense of comfort and safety when choosing to walk to work as well.
Telecommuting provides the opportunity to work from home or a remote location close to home. Existing technology allows this alternative commute to be efficient, easy, and effective. In fact, some employees have proven to be more productive while telecommuting, making this commute mode a potential benefit for employers. Along with working from home also comes potential costs savings for companies due to the decreased need for more office space and parking spaces.
Compressed Work Weeks & Flexible Schedules
Compressed Work Weeks is an alternative schedule that allows employees to complete their 40 hour work week in less than 5 days. Flexible Work Schedules give employees the ability to adjust their start and stop times. Your employer should consider adopting these options if telecommuting is not possible in your industry of work. All of these options assist in the effort to decrease rush hour congestion.