Getting employees to switch from the comfort of their single occupancy vehicles can be a daunting challenge. Often they need to be incentivized in order to make a change in their transportation habits. One effective way to help induce change is to provide financial rewards.

The EPA acknowledges the effectiveness of economic incentives for employees and cite transit pass subsidies, vanpool provisions, alternative commute subsidies, and transportation allowances as examples that are proven to be successful. Follow this easy recipe to see how simple it is to set up a financial incentive program at your workplace!

Smarter Commuting Financial Incentive Soufflé

AKA How to Create Financial Incentives for Alternative Commuting Using RideAmigos
  1. Educate employees about available commuting options, such as carpools, vanpools, public transit, and biking.
  2. Decide on your reward (cash, gift card, etc.) and set up an incentive within the Admin area.
  3. Encourage employees to sign up for the incentive, log their trips, and claim their prize.
  4. Review the progress of the users who have claimed their incentive using the incentives report.
  5. After verifying the trips of users who have claimed their incentive, approve or deny their requests.
    • It can be helpful to provide feedback to users that have their claim denied.
  6. Distribute your financial incentives to those who have been approved.
  7. Evaluate your results and, if you like what you taste, start over again! This recipe is ideal for year-round use.

Did you know? Employers can receive tax benefits for offering employees financial benefits that encourage commuting using alternative modes of transportation

The Victoria Transport Policy Institute has an excellent and detailed write-up on commuter financial incentives. Check it out!