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Employers rate among 'Best Workplaces for Commuters'

February 13, 2017
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GVSU downtown Grand Rapids Front Avenue overpass
GVSU's Pew campus in downtown Grand Rapids is comprised of multiple landmark buildings. Courtesy GVSU

Two local organizations have earned a national designation for offering “outstanding commuter benefits” to employees.

Grand Valley State University and The Rapid, the area's public bus authority, were named to the 2017 “Best Workplaces for Commuters” list.

The designation is managed by the Center for Urban Transportation Research with support from the National Center for Transit Research and the Florida Department of Transportation.

The “Best Workplaces for Commuters” designation recognizes employers nationwide that offer exceptional employer-provided commuter benefits that meet national standards-of-excellence criteria.

To earn the national designation, employers must provide benefits that result in at least 14 percent of their employees no longer driving alone to and from work within a 12-month period.

GVSU Transportation Services partners with The Rapid to offer a variety of sustainable transportation options for its faculty, staff and students, including carpooling, park and ride, car rental and bike rental options.

All faculty, staff and students can ride any Rapid bus route for free. In 2016, GVSU ridership on The Rapid was at 2.6 million.

Total ridership on The Rapid was more than 11 million in 2016.

The other Michigan employer on the “Best Workplaces for Commuters” list is IBM in Southfield.

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