Employer E-News
November 2019
Join the Turkey Pool
Dear Employers,

This Thanksgiving, we have much to be thankful for here in San Mateo County. One thing we are not thankful for is TRAFFIC. You can be part of the solution by encouraging carpooling at your office. Our carpool incentive is a great way to get employees up to $100 in rewards simply by sharing a ride.

To take your program to the next level, sign up for a free employer STAR platform account to add some prizes to the mix. The platform lets you run your own challenges, reward your own employees and gives your staff access to the countywide rewards as well.

We can help you do it all. Just reach out to our employer team by replying to this email and we will get you squared away. The environment will thank you. Your employees will thank you. Even the other turkeys out there on the roads will thank you.

And on a related note, please don't drive while in a food coma :)

Thanks for spreading the word, Employer Team

(Artwork by Cecily Foote)
Take our 5 second poll
How many times have you carpooled (or turkey pooled) so far this year?
A couple of times
Several times
10 or more times (have you claimed your $100 yet?)
Lessons from Seattle
This month, two members of the team attended the ACT (Association for Commuter Transportation) TDM Forum in Seattle. We were encouraged by their enthusiastic approach to transit in that city. We are happy to share some ideas that came out of that conference below, and hope you take them back to your team.

Cary's Key Employer Takeaways:

  1. Equity is important - make sure you are offering commuter benefits to all staff!
  2. Parking should not always be free - charging a reasonable amount for daily parking is one of the best tactics to ensure employees consider using alternative transportation to get to work.
  3. The 2 mile rule - employees that live within 2 miles of your work site are the best candidates for walking, biking, and transit, so help them find a safe route and consider giving bike helmets as a holiday gift.

Please also read Cecily's conference recap in the ACT newsletter.
Holiday Donations, STAR-style
Did you know that you can donate your STAR store points to those in need?

For 100 points, you can now "purchase" a $10 donation in your name to one of 20+ nonprofits . So if you don't want one of our physical items, or if the item you were hoping for has gone out of stock, you now have another option! (And i f you have enough points left over for a T-shirt, you are definitely rocking your commute.)

Tango Card, our e-gift card provider, offers the option to donate your rewards to 20+ nonprofits. Currently the list is at 24 but it may grow over time. Click here for the full list .  

Your points will expire at the end of the year, so this is a great opportunity to make a difference in somebody's life!
July 5-30, 2020: A great time to telework or take vacation !

During the summer of 2020 Caltrans plans to demolish and replace the deck of U.S. 101 at Alemany Circle north of the U.S. 101 and I-280 interchange in San Francisco. The project will have approximately a one month significant impact on regional and local traffic. During construction vehicle capacity will be reduced on U.S. 101 and traffic will be detoured through Alemany off and on ramp with major delays during peak commute hours.

Motorists should plan on delays and significant traffic during peak commute hours of 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM and are highly encouraged to avoid the area or use alternate transportation . The project will reduce lane capacity from 3 lanes to 2 in the northbound direction for approximately 20 days. There will also be a reduction in speed from 50 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour as traffic is routed onto city streets at varied intervals in both southbound and northbound directions. Please drive safely!
TrafficBusters! Tip of the Month
Multimodal [muhl-tee-mohd-l) (adj):
  1. Having or consisting of more than one type of transportation option, such as bus, ferry, train, or shuttle
  2. That feeling you get when you are actually able to walk around your neighborhood instead of having to drive everywhere
  3. Thinking beyond the car

In case you missed it...
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Working Together to Improve Our San Mateo County Commute
Please share with your staff and let us know how we can help! Thanks for your support.