In this video released by MIT; they show that autonomous cars will have no need for traffic lights. The cars will be able to communicate with each other to avoid collision and reduce traffic congestion significantly. How will this affect the traffic in major cities, and how will they incorporate this into commuters lives? Watch the video to see an example of how it’ll work.

144

Rating: 9 out of 10 (from 62 votes)

Eliminating Public Transit’s First-Mile/Last-Mile Problem

144

Rating: 9 out of 10 (from 46 votes)

April 14 – 16 2016

Join us at the 2016 Florida Commuter Transportation Summit sponsored by the Florida Department of Transportation and hosted by the Center for Urban Transportation Research.  The Summit will be held in Tampa, Florida April 14-15, 2016 with a training workshop on April 13, 2016,  1pm-5pm.

Click here for more information:

Agenda and Registration Information

 

 

160

Rating: 10 out of 10 (from 43 votes)

November 17, 2015

Outreach Management Webinar

Description

Transportation Management Organizations need customer relationship technology to assist with tracking of employers, property managers, & schools. VMR Tracker is a cloud based solution to help organizations manage the complex reporting requirements of local, state and federal mandates.

Accounts
Contacts
Programs
Surveys
Social
Gamification
Dashboards & Analytics

TMA’s have the need to have one central database one version of the truth. They need the ability to share information utilize social and mobile technology to help reduce vehicles from the roads. VMR Tracker utilizes program overviews and mode counts for employers, property managers and schools to assist outreach teams to focus on those accounts to make the most impact…. reducing vehicle miles traveled.

Click here to register

 

144

Rating: 9 out of 10 (from 96 votes)

Webinar – Transportation Scheduling for Non-Emergency Medical Needs

December 17, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT

Steve Wheeler – OneCommute

Approximately 3.6 million Americans miss or delay medical care because they lack appropriate transportation to their appointments. Many low-income Americans lack the disposable income necessary to have access to a working automobile, and may lack public transit options to get to and from medical appointments. Medicaid provides a nonemergency medical transportation benefit that pays for the least costly and appropriate way of getting people to their appointments whether by taxi, van, public transit or mileage reimbursement.

Read the rest of this entry

144

Rating: 9 out of 10 (from 76 votes)

by Tom Bastek

Technology in today’s workplace is helping us crunch large volumes of data, much to the benefit of a company’s bottom line. There are many companies however, who are missing out on the many benefits of tracking a very easily accessible data set: their employees commute. Here are five benefits of tracking this data:

1. $Dollars to the Bottom Line

This benefit is the most important to employees (and yes companies) yet often the most overlooked. Knowing how, where and when your team commutes to your office can lead us to savings for both. We will use ABC Corp. as our example with 1000 employees. If a percentage of the employees will take transit to work every day, the company would benefit by partnering with their local transit service to purchase monthly passes in advance using pretax dollars. Internal Revenue Code, Section 132(f) provides companies the opportunity to use pretax dollars. Not only will this save the employee money on the pre-tax savings of their commute, but the company does not have to pay the 7.65% payroll tax on that amount. Let’s say in our example, the monthly transit pass is $100. Multiply that by the 150 people taking transit and ABC Corp. just saved $15,000/month in monies to be taxed. For the companies that are paying for parking for each employee, if you have an active way to track their commute, you may be able to save on the parking expense as well. In our example, ABC Corp, who pays $75 a parking spot for each employee, offered to subsidize the transit pass of each of the 150 employees who take transit if they were willing to give up their parking spot.

2. Marketing / PR

Corporate responsibility and carbon footprint reporting has become a number that investors are expecting to see quarterly. Having very accurate information on programs to reduce single occupancy vehicles reduces a company’s carbon footprint. Aggressive commuter programs can reduce commuter carbon emissions by 25% or more, depending on the programs rolled out to employees. Tracking employees’ commutes can help make great press. Job flexibility is a great benefit of employee recruitment and retention. Your Human Resources department can advertise when recruiting new employees to weigh in the local green Initiatives for buildings, recyclables, commuting and more. Being able to claim transit subsidies, clean commuting and commute reduction on your marketing materials provides additional benefits to retain your best employees and entice future talent.

3. LEED Certification

For companies seeking LEED certification, implementing a commute progam makes additional points available. Under LEED SS 4.1, Alternative Transportation – Public Transportation Access – there is an extra credit point for creating a ‘comprehensive transportation management plan’ showing a quantifiable reduction in auto use. Under LEED SS 4.2 – Alternative Transportation – Bicycle Storage & Changing Rooms provides another extra point for creating that ‘comprehensive transportation management plan’.  An additional point is also available under SS 4.3 – Alternative Transportation – and Low Emitting and Fuel Efficient Vehicles – and SS 4.4 – Alternative Transportation – Parking Capacity.

In order to create that plan, a company needs to know how their employees commute. Commute Tracking software can provide the survey information and crunch the numbers without the tediousness of the paper work. These surveys are typically done by expensive third party consultants and require incentives to employees complete. If a company is tracking their employees commute year round, no incentives or consultants are necessary. The results can be pulled at any time. If one third of a company’s employees are within 10 miles, they might be more apt to work on converting more employees to a bike commute. If there are pockets of employees along the same route, a car pool initiative is an option. With commute tracking software, this is an easy process to track. You will have a baseline as soon as you start tracking. Once your program is in place, you can view on line through dashboards and summary reports.

If you are in California and several additional states and cities across the country, you already have to survey your employees once a year, anyway; why not have real time commuter profiles?

4. Location, Location, Location

Locating your organization is a tedious task. Finding the best place to get the best workforce is a significant consideration. Let’s go to our example one more time: ABC Corp. has decided to move to a new building, and at the same time to create less of a carbon footprint to show its clients that they will Do More For Their Community than their competition. To help make decisions in this move, they are pulling the following data from their commute tracking program:

  • Commuter data maps to assist with a location that aligns with the needs of the company and the commuter base.
  • Try and reduce the amount of parking by 20%. The most common figure used for a parking space is $20,000 with another annual cost of real estate.
  • Target people who teleworked at least one day a month over the last year and create a possibility list of who could do it more often. Consider less office space with shared desks to lower rent and facilities expenses.
  • Look at the historic trends to see how many miles the company already takes off the road each year with their current commuting core and then set goals for the future.

These are just some of the many ways Employee Commute Tracking can help a company reach financial and environmental success. The tidal wave on tracking is coming. Now is the time to ride it or get run over by it.

5. Employee Compassion

Tracking your employees commute allows a company to have a better understanding of their employee’s mindset. Maybe they are all sitting in traffic for 2 hours and are absolutely miserable and stressed by the time they get in. Let’s look at our example again. So now we are tracking commutes at ABC Corp. and we find out that most of our people are coming from northwest of the city. This main thoroughfare is an average commute most of the time, except when the New City Blasters have a baseball game. Then the commute home is hampered. When upper management found out that 73% of their employees were affected by this and either rushing to get out early to avoid the traffic, or miserable knowing they couldn’t, ABC Corp. allowed their employees to flex their hours on those pre-assigned days so that they could avoid the traffic. Who doesn’t want to work for / stay at a company that helps employees spend more of their time with family? Happier employees = more productive employees = more profitable company. Tada! Now we are not just saving money, we’re making it, too.

144

Rating: 9 out of 10 (from 10 votes)

May 1, 2013 – Atlanta, GA CelWell has announced their latest addition to Enterprise Transportation Demand Management (eTDM) platform VMR Tracker.  This release on the Force.com AppExchange was developed for the CRM needs of Outreach teams across the country.  VMR Tracker allows organizations to track their employers, property managers and school alternative transportation management programs.

160

Rating: 10 out of 10 (from 12 votes)

CelWell Launches New OneCommute.com

December 26, 2013 – Atlanta, GA CelWell has announced their latest addition to Enterprise Transportation Demand Management (eTDM) platform Commute Tracker.  This release enables commuters to create a profile and join a Commuter community to assist with ride matching, trip logging and the latest community commuter news.  The suite of applications can be found on the Salesforce AppExchange by searching on CelWell.

Click here to demo OneCommute app now

144

Rating: 9 out of 10 (from 90 votes)