RideAmigos joins forces with Austrian startup Carployee to make commuting smarter

The merger enables RideAmigos to scale personalized commute support in new ways for employers of all sizes.

RideAmigos, whose commute management platform powers the largest public and private commuter management initiatives in the United States, announced the acquisition of innovative Austrian startup Carployee, the team behind the successful employee carpooling app used by European businesses like STIHL, Mercedes Benz and Würth Group. 

Carployee will continue operating from its headquarters in Linz as its team is fully integrated into Santa Monica-based RideAmigos. 

The acquisition comes at a time when commuting is becoming a bigger focus for employers, many of which are reimagining employee transportation and parking for the hybrid workplace of the future. Businesses like LinkedIn, Patagonia, and Rivian as well as states and megaregions like the San Francisco Bay and Denver-Boulder areas already use RideAmigos solutions to make commuting more sustainable and less stressful. 

These and other customers rely on privately held RideAmigos to power the future of employee transportation during and after the pandemic with a flexible and streamlined commuter experience. 

The natural partnership between RideAmigos and Carployee merges both companies’ research and expertise in commuter experience, behavior change and mobility optimization. “Our missions and values are totally aligned and we are already seeing the amazing potential of our teams’ combined competencies in ways that will benefit all of our customers,” said RideAmigos CEO, Soren Eilertsen. 

Carployee CEO, Albert Vogl-Bader affirmed the synergy between the two teams. “While carpooling is a good start, we are all committed to empowering people to make better commute decisions across all modes. The opportunity to do that on a global scale with a like-minded and experienced team made this a perfect match and an easy decision,” he said. 

About RideAmigos

At RideAmigos, we are on a mission to change the way the world commutes, for good. Our mobile and web-based commuter engagement solutions combine innovative technology with proven principles of behavioral science to empower everyone to make smarter transportation choices. Large employers, universities and government agencies use our powerful products to reduce congestion, parking demand, and environmental impact while creating healthier, happier communities. We have helped our clients take tens of millions of cars off the road and reduce our collective CO2 footprint by over 280 million pounds. 

About Carployee

Carployee is a carpooling app for companies, business parks and universities. The talented team around CEO Albert Vogl-Bader has been active since 2018 serving major employers across Europe. The Linz-based company invests heavily in research and development, including groundbreaking grant-funded project in partnership with the University of Salzburg. Carployee is also a partner of klimaaktiv, the climate protection initiative of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology. (www.carployee.com)

Over 1,500 Transportation Leaders Gather Virtually To Discuss Commuter Behavior

Hosted by RideAmigos, speakers from leading research institutions, public transportation, and private employers shared insights on the future of commuting.

Santa Monica-based commuter mobility technology company, RideAmigos, hosted a virtual crowd of transportation industry leaders on Wednesday, April 1 for the fifth annual CommuteCon.

As the country prepared for another month of sheltering in place to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, transportation is one of many sectors facing uncertainty about the future. Always an online gathering, this year the CommuteCon conference came at a time when more people than ever are using technology to connect virtually, and online learning opportunities have taken on a new level of importance.

The theme for CommuteCon 2020 was “The Science of Smart Commuting.” Several of the presentations focused on applications of behavioral science to influence and optimize commuter mobility. Leading academics, planners and designers discussed science in practice from Chicago to Durham to Tulsa.

Others highlighted emerging research and technology. In the first keynote of the day, Professor Susan Shaheen of UC Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center discussed the role technology is having on shaping consumer behavior and expectations – including potential long-term impacts of COVID-19 on commute patterns.

The conference also brought forward other topics of concern to the industry. Tamika Butler, Esq. of Toole Design encouraged the audience to examine the question of equity in transportation. Andrew Duvall, Ph.D. of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory looked further at the equity issue in a specifically rural context.

Other speakers shared results of innovative projects such as the Los Angeles Metro micromobilty pilot, LinkedIn’s ambitious commitment to sustainable commuter mobility, Waze’s public partnerships, and a sweeping report on the state of the American commute based on survey data from across the United States from San Francisco-based carpool company, Scoop.

Closing the conference was Timothy Papandreou, an industry influencer whose resume includes roles like Chief Innovation Officer at San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency and strategic partnerships for autonomous vehicle leader GoogleX/Waymo. Papandreou provided his unique insights from private, public and community experience to highlight the trends and the policy and technology focus areas that will ensure safer, more equitable, and sustainable outcomes.

“Events that bring together industry thought leaders are important opportunities to learn, and share stories, successes and challenges,” said Jeffrey Chernick, co-founder of RideAmigos. “We conceived CommuteCon five years ago to make this kind of learning accessible to everyone in our field, whether or not they have a travel budget. This year, in the face of physical distancing and uncertainty across the industry, the virtual gathering is everyone’s way of staying connected to our shared purpose.”

First launched in 2015, CommuteCon has grown into one of the most important transportation and commuter mobility events in the world. It represents a live, collaborative exchange of ideas, bringing established Transportation Demand Management (TDM) leaders together with leading researchers, and rising innovators to discuss trends, opportunities, and emerging technologies.

In 2019, the event set a record with more than 800 participants from across the United States and around the world. This year over 1,500 people were signed up as of two days before the conference. They represented a geographically diverse group of federal, state and local government agencies, large employers, mobility providers and technology companies, commercial real estate, and universities. The event was free and only required advance registration.

Hosted and organized by RideAmigos, this year CommuteCon was presented in partnership with Scoop (http://www.takescoop.com), and with support from the Association for Commuter Transportation (http://www.actweb.org), Waze (http://www.waze.com), and the Coalition for Smarter Transportation (http://www.smartertransportation.org).

More information about the event, and recordings from previous conferences are available at http://www.commutecon.com.

About CommuteCon

CommuteCon is a free annual online conference that unites members of the commuter management and transportation demand management (TDM) community. Its objective is to bring those in search of smart and sustainable commuting solutions together to participate in a robust and inspiring exchange of ideas. Each year, we welcome hundreds of TDM leaders and stakeholders from around the world. Beyond benefiting from the advanced insights of the conference’s all-star lineup of expert speakers, participants also enjoy excellent opportunities to build broader networks of thought partners while furthering their strategic skills.

https://commutecon.com

About RideAmigos

At RideAmigos, we are on a mission to change the way the world commutes, for good. Our mobile and web-based commuter engagement solutions combine innovative technology with proven principles of behavioral science to empower everyone to make smarter transportation choices. Large employers, universities and government agencies use our powerful products to reduce congestion, parking demand, and environmental impact while creating healthier, happier communities. We have helped our clients take tens of millions of cars off the road and reduce our collective CO2 footprint by over 280 million pounds. (www.rideamigos.com

RideAmigos Partners with Esri to Help Organizations Better Understand and Manage Commuters

RideAmigos and Esri Raise the Bar for Commuter Analytics

RideAmigos, the commuter engagement and incentives hub changing the way people commute to reduce traffic and pollution, announced a deeper partnership with Esri, the global market leader in location intelligence, including a new connection with Esri’s ArcGIS, to offer agencies and employers even greater insights and analysis into commuter patterns and trends.

Agencies and businesses using Esri’s ArcGIS will be able to bring key data from their commuter programs into the smart mapping and analysis platform to share with planners and analysts, combine it with other data to perform analysis, track program impacts, and visualize results.

“With this deep integration with ArcGIS, we are making it possible for RideAmigos administrators to put commute data into ArcGIS with a few clicks,” said Ben Dalton, RideAmigos Chief Technology Officer and co-founder. “Now, agencies and employers using ArcGIS can combine data from their RideAmigos commuter programs with other geospatial data from Esri and their organization to gain actionable insights about commute patterns and modeshift opportunities.”

“Many of the large employers and government agencies we work with are already using ArcGIS in key areas, so this partnership gives them the opportunity to unlock spatial insights for their commuter programs,” said Kathryn Hagerman Medina, RideAmigos Director of Customer Success. “It will help them better understand program performance, identify opportunities to improve transportation offerings and communicate results to stakeholders.”

“RideAmigos is a powerful solution for engaging employees or the public with commuter programs based on behavioral science,” said Gary Waters, Director of Transportation Engagement at Esri. “With this partnership, agencies using ArcGIS and RideAmigos will gain an even deeper insight into how commuters get around so they can plan for and influence the future of mobility.”

“The capability to leverage commuter program data within the ArcGIS ecosystem is a valuable addition for property management and real estate development customers,” said Mike Johnson, Esri’s Director of Commercial Sector Business Development. “RideAmigos is empowering large employers and property managers to better plan and optimize their transportation demand management approaches as they relate to other key operational considerations.”

RideAmigos users also benefit from Esri’s beautiful and high-performance basemaps in their mobile and web applications, offering commuters the best available interfaces for trip planning and exploring options.

About RideAmigos

At RideAmigos, we are on a mission to change the way the world commutes, for good. Our mobile and web-based commuter engagement solutions combine innovative technology with proven principles of behavioral science to empower everyone to make smarter transportation choices. Large employers, universities and government agencies use our powerful products to reduce congestion, parking demand, and environmental impact while creating healthier, happier communities. We have helped our clients take tens of millions of cars off the road and reduce our collective CO2 footprint by over 280 million pounds. 

About Esri

Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping, offers the most powerful geospatial cloud available, to help customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Founded in 1969, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations including 90 of the Fortune 100 companies, all 50 state governments, more than half of all counties (large and small), and 87 of the Forbes Top 100 Colleges in the U.S., as well as all 15 Executive Departments of the U.S. Government and dozens of independent agencies. With its pioneering commitment to geospatial information technology, Esri engineers the most advanced solutions for digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics. Visit esri.com.

 

RideAmigos to Host Fourth Annual Online Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Conference

Speakers from JUMP, Lime, USC, Patagonia, Alameda County and more to talk transportation.

RideAmigos is pleased to announce it will be presenting the online CommuteCon conference in 2019. First launched in 2015, CommuteCon has grown into one of the most important TDM industry events in the world. It represents a live, collaborative exchange of ideas, bringing established Transportation Demand Management (TDM) leaders together with respected experts and rising innovators to discuss industry trends, emerging technologies, and innovative best practices.

This year’s CommuteCon conference will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pacific time (12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern time). RideAmigos expects to build on the success of last year’s event, which set an attendance record with more than 1,000 participants tuning in from across the United States and around the world. The event is free and only requires advance registration.

The theme for CommuteCon 2019 is “Navigating the Modern Mobility Ecosystem.” This year’s presentations will cover topics like transportation affordability, mobility scaling, workplace incentives, employee commuter programs, and many others. JUMP founder and CEO Ryan Rzepecki will deliver the keynote presentation, which will discuss the ongoing rise of the TDM industry’s micromobility segment.

CommuteCon 2019 will also feature a speaker from transportation provider, Lime, and research leaders from RISE Viktoria and UC Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center. Attendees interested in enterprise commute trip reduction will hear from sustainability leader, Patagonia, innovative silicon beach company, Kite Pharma, and Bay-Area public employer, Alameda County. The event will also include sessions on changes to IRS rules around transportation benefits, and Missoula, Montana’s approach to changing commuter habits in a region where parking abounds. Finally, leaders from the University of Southern California and UC Berkeley will share how they make transportation sustainable, equitable and safe on campus.

“Events that bring together industry thought leaders are important opportunities to learn, and share stories, successes and challenges,” says Jeffrey Chernick, co-founder of RideAmigos. “We conceived CommuteCon to make content like this accessible to everyone working on TDM and commuter management, whether or not they have a travel budget.”

This year, sponsors include Scoop, TransitScreen and Waze Carpool. RideAmigos also partnered with the Association for Commuter Transportation and the Coalition for Smarter Transportation to support the content and promotion of the event.

Interested parties can learn more about the conference, register for attendance, and view recordings from previous conferences by visiting http://www.commutecon.com.

About RideAmigos

City of Austin, GoRedmond, UCLA and Cal State LA Win 2018 Association for Commuter Transportation Awards

The City of Austin, Go Redmond, UCLA and Cal State LA Partner with RideAmigos on Innovative Commuter Programs and Received National Awards from the Association for Commuter Transportation.

Fifteen individuals or organizations were honored on Wednesday, August 1 (https://conta.cc/2Atzdrr) by the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT), which recognizes and honors outstanding achievements in transportation demand management (TDM). The awards were presented at ACT’s annual International Conference (http://www.actconf.org/) in Anaheim, California.

Among those being recognized are four organizations that have partnered with RideAmigos on their commuter management programs.

Cal State University Los Angeles Transportation Services (http://www.calstatela.edu/parking/transportation-services) was awarded for Marketing and Outreach by a University. According to ACT, this award “recognizes a university that has implemented an educational campaign for their community that involves commuting options, current transportation projects, impacts of transportation on the environment, etc. The campaign must demonstrate a high level of creativity, generate a significant response and/or result in the rejuvenation of a previous/existing TDM program.”

“We are grateful to ACT for this recognition and proud of our efforts in providing transportation alternatives to our campus community,” said Carmen Gachupin, Director of Parking and Transportation Services at Cal State University, Los Angeles. “Cal State L.A. prides itself in fostering a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. With nearly 28,000 college students and 2 high schools on a limited campus footprint, the university understands the urgency of confronting environmental problems on a global scale and hopes it can continue to mitigate its own carbon footprint by reducing vehicle emissions.”

ACT also recognized organizations for having outstanding programs to advance specific commuting options as alternatives to driving alone. For each of the categories, winners must have outlined clear goals and demonstrated progress towards achieving them. RideAmigos clients won awards in three categories.

City of Austin Smart Commute Rewards (http://www.austintexas.gov/smartcommute) won the Commuting Options award for successful advocacy in Carpooling.

“ACT is a wonderful organization that brings together practitioners to share their success and lessons learned,” said Tien-Tien Chan, TDM Program Manager at the City of Austin Department of Transportation. “I find it immensely valuable to see how other companies and jurisdictions are creatively tackling problems that we all face. We are honored to be selected for this award.”

The City of Austin, which also received a designation as one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters in 2018 (http://www.austintexas.gov/news/city-austin-receives-national-designation-one-best-workplaces-commuters-2018), has a program encourages employees to choose alternatives to driving alone to work.

“We, of course, want our end goal be to properly manage our employee parking, but until we do…we loved having the opportunity to think creatively and work with RideAmigos to create this program,” said Chan.

Go Redmond (https://www.goredmond.com/), a partnership of City of Redmond, King County Metro and the Greater Redmond Transportation Management Association (GRTMA) (http://grtma.org/) , was awarded for Commuting Options – Biking. Go Redmond supports biking to work year-round, and RideAmigos proudly powered the 2018 Tour de Redmond (https://www.goredmond.com/tour-de-redmond) Summer Bicycle Commute Challenge.

“In Redmond we are very proud of our how bicycle friendly everyone is,” said Sara Robinson, Program Manager at GRTMA. As someone who only started cycling again this year myself, it was easy for me to get started with the adult bicycling classes and now I can get to a lot of my meetings on one of the bikes we got from the City’s grant program. All the facets of this program really help to support our riders. This year we even broke a couple of our records in Tour de Redmond with 19,117 bicycle commute trips, over a 60% increase in trips! A total of 161,389.8 commute miles. Together we circled the globe 6 ½ times, a full rotation more than last year.”

UCLA Transportation (https://transportation.ucla.edu/) won the award for Commuting Options – Public Transit. Responsible for nearly 80,000 employee and student commuters according to transportation.ucla.edu, UCLA Transportation “strives to provide smart and sustainable commute options for students, staff and faculty by offering discounted public transit passes, bicycle incentive programs, vanpool programs, carpool parking discounts and more.” In addition to its regular 50% transit pass subsidy, UCLA offered free transit passes to its commuters who were first time public transit users. UCLA Transportation was also a finalist in the Commuting Options – Biking category this year.

Jeff Olschwang, Bruin Commuter Services Manager, said, “We at UCLA, feel honored we can continue to offer subsidized programs in sustainable commuting options for students, staff and faculty by offering discounted public transit passes, bicycle incentive programs, vanpool programs, carpool parking discounts and more.”

“At RideAmigos, we’re proud to work with leaders in government, business, and education, who are making important positive impacts on mobility, sustainability, and community health and wellness,” said Jeffrey Chernick, co-founder of RideAmigos. “Together our clients’ programs have engaged hundreds of thousands of commuters and contributed to the reduction of more than 75,000 tons of CO2; and they are just getting started.”

Overall, eleven of the twenty-nine ACT Award finalists (https://rideamigos.com/blog/rideamigos-at-act-conference-2018/) are using the RideAmigos platform to support their innovative commuter programs. These individuals, agencies and organizations include:

Marketing and Outreach – Public
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

Marketing and Outreach – University
California State University, Los Angeles Transportation Services

Commuting Options – Biking
Go Redmond
UCLA Transportation

Commuting Options – Carpooling
City of Austin Smart Commute Rewards
TravelWise, Region of Waterloo and Sustainable Waterloo Region

Commuting Options – Public Transit
City of Toronto – Smart Commute Etobicoke South
UCLA Transportation

Commuting Options – Vanpooling
Patty Olmsted, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

Outstanding TMA
Stanford Research Park Transportation Management Association

Excellence in Advocacy
Tien-Tien Chan, City of Austin Transportation Department

ACT received over 80 nominations in 15 categories for this year’s annual awards. Winners were selected from among two finalists in each category.

“Each of these nominees are leading efforts within their local communities and nationally that aim to improve the quality of life of commuters, improve the livability of communities, and support economic growth,” said David Straus, Executive Director of ACT. “It is a great achievement to be selected as a finalist by your peers and we applaud all of their achievements.”

About ACT:

The Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) (http://www.actweb.org/), is an international association and leading advocate for commuter transportation and transportation demand management (TDM). Through advocacy, education, and networking efforts, ACT strives to improve the lives of commuters, the livability of communities, and the economic growth of businesses.

About RideAmigos:

RideAmigos, based in Santa Monica, California provides a cloud-based commuter management and incentive platform and commuter mobile apps for regional, corporate, and campus commuter networks. RideAmigos partners with government agencies, employers, and universities to support innovative commuter and transportation demand management (TDM) programs.

RideAmigos Founder Trades His Car for an E-bike

Leading by example is an essential aspect of the RideAmigos philosophy. We aren’t just here to talk about smart alternatives to solo driving; we strive to put our values into action. Our team members are active participants in our internal commuter programs, and they’ve shown a remarkable level of commitment. More than half of our employees choose transportation modes other than solo driving most of the time, and one-quarter of our team never travels to work in a single-occupancy vehicle.

Embrace of alternative modes by our founders is a big part of the reason we’ve been able to foster such an exceptional company culture around commuting. Today, we’d like to highlight the forward-thinking transportation decisions of our co-founder and director Jeff Chernick, who made the bold move to divest himself of his car altogether. RideAmigos is based in Santa Monica, California, and if you’re familiar with the Los Angeles area, you know that navigating the city without a car is by no means the most common option. Jeff has persevered, and now does most of his local travel by e-bike. His story makes a great case study in the many benefits of embracing alternative modes of transportation.

In a recent interview, Jeff shed some light on what initially inspired his decision to get rid of his car. He talked about the daily cost of parking and monthly costs for car payments and insurance. When his car’s lease came up for renewal it was a great time to consider better ways to spend his money and time. After initially extending his lease for six months, Jeff decided to take the initial plunge and go for a car-free lifestyle.

“The first step was just to give up the car and start talking Lyft and Uber to work,” Jeff said. “I did the math, and I was spending around $300 a month on my lease, plus gas and insurance. It’s usually around $9 each way for a Lyft or Uber, and now I wouldn’t have to park.” So, round-trip transportation to and from work cost about $18 a day, but Jeff freed himself of $9 to $10 per day in parking costs.

“It just made sense,” Jeff continued. He commutes to the office three to four days per week, which averaged about $70 per week in ride-hailing expenses. That added up to about $280 to $300 per month, which was less than the combined cost of his car lease, insurance, and daily parking.

So, from the standpoint of commuting to work, ditching his car made sense to Jeff. But what about personal trips? “The bigger trips are definitely harder,” Jeff conceded. “It does add up, but I was already taking Lyft and Uber for some personal trips anyways.” Factoring those trips in, Jeff was basically breaking even switching from his own car to ride-hailing. However, he also discovered an added benefit of his new commuting mode: he was able to be more productive during his trip to work by taking phone calls, catching up on emails, and prepping for the day.

As time went on, Jeff became disenchanted with sitting in traffic, despite the added productivity time. One morning on his way to work, he noticed there was a bike path along the beach that covered virtually his entire commuting route. “I had been thinking about getting an e-bike for a really long time,” Jeff said. The mental wheels started turning, and after doing some research and consulting several other RideAmigos team members who own e-bikes, Jeff found a model he liked and pulled the trigger. (He picked out a Joulvert Playa Voyager – it’s got a backseat for your amigos!)

“[The bike] goes up to 22 miles per hour, and my new commute is essentially the same amount of time it would take to drive if there’s no traffic.” Jeff’s particular e-bike model retails for about $1,800, and he found that making the change vastly accelerated his cost savings because he’s reliably able to use his e-bike for both commutes and personal trips, given Southern California’s dry and sunny climate.

“It’s definitely life-changing,” Jeff said. Yet, there were some issues to be ironed out along the way, like assembling the e-bike he bought and learning how to use all its features properly. “My one recommendation is do our research, talk to friends and local shops, and if you do end up ordering online, get it delivered right to a local bike shop so they can put it together for you.” Jeff also points out that buying an e-bike from a traditional retail shop that is familiar with e-bikes has its benefits, like service and maintenance support. “You might get a better deal online, but the big pro of buying from a shop is the service.”

Jeff summed up his personal transportation transformation by saying, “I still use Uber and Lyft here and there. I still carpool. I mix it up. I don’t e-bike every single day. But every time I bike to work, I save $20, and that means this bike will pay for itself in just a few months.”

Here at RideAmigos, we know here are lots of people like Jeff who, with a little encouragement and some additional mobility resources, could skip the solo drive and embrace a car-lite or car-free lifestyle. It’s why we’re committed to providing tools and programs for organizations of all types to help them connect commuters, provide transportation options, and reward sustainable choices. If your organization is ready to reduce costs and environmental impact through smarter commuter solutions, let us know – we’re here to help.

CommuteCon 2018 Highlights and Recap

CommuteCon 2018 was the largest and most successful episode of our annual commuter management and TDM conference to date, with nearly double the registrations and attendees compared to the 2017 event. Professionals from all over the world took part in CommuteCon 2018, and speakers representing a complete range of sectors including enterprise, government, and universities delivered talks filled with meaningful insights and valuable takeaways.

We’ve received great feedback about this year’s event from members of our audience. This year’s attendees were particularly enthusiastic about the presentations by keynote speakers Susan Shaheen and Simon Mainwaring. Shaheen, who co-directs UC Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center, gave an illuminating talk on the social benefits of shared mobility. Mainwaring, founder and CEO of We First Branding, gave us a peek behind the curtain at some of his most effective strategies for leading conversations that drive social change. We’re incredibly fortunate and thankful that they took the time to join us.

The two keynotes, along with 18 other informative sessions, are available to view and download at commutecon.com. Other audience favorites included:

Hundreds of TDM professionals and stakeholders came together to join the live webcast, with many attending in groups of two to five people or more. It was a landmark event for the global commuter management community, and we’re beyond pleased that it was such a resounding success.

CommuteCon 2018 was presented by RideAmigos. We are grateful to our Sponsors,  JUMP and Scoop; Friends of the conference, Car2Go, CityFi, Edenred Commuter Benefit Solutions, Lyft Business, First Transit, TransitScreen, UBER for Business, Waze Carpool, and Zipcar; and our Association Partner, the Association for Commuter Transportation.

The CommuteCon team is thrilled to announce that we’ve set the date for next year’s event. CommuteCon 2019 will take place on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 – mark your calendars now! Like previous conferences, CommuteCon 2019 will be an accessible, community-oriented platform for the free exchange of ideas and strategies, all while helping TDM professionals expand their impact and inspiration. Visit commutecon.com to sign up for conference updates.

Thanks again to everyone who helped make CommuteCon 2018 such a meaningful and valuable event. We hope see you next year!

Announcing New Commuter Benefit Solutions Integration

RideAmigos and Edenred Commuter Benefit Solutions are teaming up

The RideAmigos team has exciting news: we’re adding new platform integrations with Edenred Commuter Benefit Solutions, and we couldn’t be more excited about the ways this will benefit our partners.

Edenred Commuter Benefit Solutions is the nation’s only comprehensive commuter benefit solutions provider and number one resource for commuter savings. Since 1985,Edenred has served Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies, top third party benefit administrators and the nation’s largest metropolitan area transit authorities.

With its premier solution offerings; Commuter Check, a nationwide commuter benefits program for employers; and WiredCommute, a private label program for third party administrators, Edenred is able to provide a one-stop total solution experience.Edenred’s mission is to make tax-free commuter benefits a staple in employee benefits packages nationwide.

Here’s a snapshot of some key Commuter Benefit Solutions numbers:

  • The company serves more than 12,000 employers representing over 1.9 million
    employees, including many Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies.
  • The company also maintains partnerships with over 50 national third-party
    administrators, more than 350 transit agencies, hundreds of bike shops, and over
    5,000 parking locations.

Edenred Commuter Benefit Solutions has a strong core focus on managing and delivering both employer and employee-based commuter pre-tax benefits programs. These programs help enterprises generate savings of up to 7.65% per year on their payroll taxes while helping employees generate huge savings on their taxable incomes. They provide extensive support, including dedicated account managers, nationwide coverage, convenient product delivery, and a complete suite of support services.

RideAmigos is proud to be creating connections between Edenred Commuter Benefit Solutions products and our industry-leading commuter management software. Our partnership will give the businesses and organizations that use our platform easy access to one of the world’s most powerful commuter benefit management programs. The goal is to make generating, tracking, and maximizing both employer- and employee-based tax savings as convenient and profitable as possible.

To learn more, check out the recent Coffee Talk webinar we held with Commuter Benefit Solutions to discuss their product and our plans, or contact us directly.

Partner Highlight: Ready, Set, Go-Tober

RideAmigos is proud to power Denver’s third annual Go-Tober Challenge program

The “Go-Tober Challenge” has taken the Denver metro area by storm for the third straight year. This popular program encourages commuters to ditch solo driving for at least one week during the month of October, and explore alternatives like carpooling, public transit, vanpooling, biking, walking, or teleworking.

Like all good challenge programs, Denver’s Go-Tober Challenge gives participants the chance to earn prizes in addition to bragging rights. According to Steve Erickson, the marketing and communications director for the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), “Go-Tober brings friendly competition into what’s truly a collaborative effort of reducing traffic congestion and emissions one commuter at a time. We all play a part in making our region a great place to live. It’s a win for everyone.”

During Go-Tober, Denver-area businesses can compete against one another to see which company can log the most commutes and the most miles using modes of transportation other than single-occupancy vehicles. The objective is to raise awareness about the environmental impacts of solo driving, promote alternatives, and empowering commuters to try new ways of getting around in the hopes of creating long-term behavior change.

The Go-Tober initiative is run by Way to Go, a partnership between DRCOG and seven local transportation management associations (TMAs). Employees that work for companies participating in the program must register at WayToGoTober.org, and log at least four round-trip commutes using smart alternatives over the course of the month. Companies earn valuable points for every one-way trip logged on the site, with the winners and leaders qualifying for prizes.

With powerful trip logging, route planning, incentive distribution, and transportation gamification features, RideAmigos is proud to be the software platform of choice for Go-Tober. We’re pleased to be a part of this popular and high-impact initiative that’s going a long way toward making Denver a better place to work and live.

Save the Date for CommuteCon ’18

Are you a passionate advocate for smarter commuting? Or an employee transportation coordinator looking for new ideas? Maybe you’re a regional planner tasked with reducing traffic, or a facilities manager trying to manage parking issues, or a a commuter program manager hoping for a chance to connect with colleagues.

Whoever you are and however you spend your time, if engaging with the innovators and ideas at the leading edge of commuter transportation sounds like fun, then YOU should be a part of CommuteCon – the largest online conference for transportation demand management.

Mark your calendars now for February 7th, 2018. CommuteCon is completely free and entirely online, so set aside a few hours to join us from the comfort of your computer and immerse yourself in the latest and greatest projects and programs from across the industry.

What to Expect from CommuteCon ’18

Curious what CommuteCon ’18 might look like? A great place to get an idea of what to expect is last year’s event. CommuteCon ’17 featured 16 sessions over the course of 4 hours, with over 500 registrants from all across North America and around the world.

Here’s a snapshot of a few of last year’s topics:

  • Mobility on Demand
  • How TDM Can Green Your Community
  • Commuter Management for Small Businesses
  • Social Media and Commuter Programs
  • Promoting Programs to Employees
  • Creative Cross-Promotions and Integrations
  • Leveraging Surveys for Good Programming
  • Marketing Techniques for the Non-Marketer
  • Transportation Systems Modeling

While this year’s event will bring a different mix of speakers and different topics, our primary focus remains centered on shifting commuter behavior for the common good.

If you’re looking for an accessible, affordable conference to expand your knowledge and kindle your passion for making an impact on your organization and community, look no further than CommuteCon.

Registration will be opening soon. To make sure you’re among the first to know when conference registration is available, be sure to sign up for the CommuteCon mailing list:

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