MetroWorks Rides Into Town

Screen shot 2014-09-01 at 12.27.30 PMDowntown Austin, like the rest of Central Texas, is booming. We already have 125,000 people coming in and out of the central core every day, most of them driving alone. Now imagine what will happen as we add thousands of new employees to fill all the new downtown buildings and they all choose to drive alone. Our traffic congestion will get much worse. As part of the solution Capital Metro has launched MetroWorks: a new discount transit pass program to work with businesses and colleges in the region and get even more of their employees or students using transit.

Capital Metro has provided discounts for the University of Texas, Austin Community College, and the City of Austin for years. But now MetroWorks is making it easier for any business, agency, or organization to get similar discounts and integrate transit services into their company’s benefits packages.

Through MetroWorks, businesses (and their employees) can save up to 20 percent on 31-Day Passes. The program allows employees (of participating companies) to select Local, Premium, and Commuter passes depending on which works best for their needs.

The brand new program started in May with a pilot of thirteen businesses and they have reported good results. Mutual Mobile, for example, had 15 employees try transit for 30 days, which led to 12 of the 15 opting to give up their parking space. The company will save an estimated $10,500 annually on those 12 parking spaces alone. The employees put an extra $80 a month in their pockets.

“Our mobility solutions will come with many individuals and companies taking small steps,” says Walter Petticrew, manager of MetroWorks. “This is a win-win for the employee, the employer, and the region.”

Ask your employer to check into MetroWorks. Interested companies can receive a customizable start-up kit as part of their pre-launch consultation. For more information, see the documents below.  To get started, email Walter Petticrew or call him at 512.369.6249.

image via Capital Metro

 

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