Commuter Choice Training Starts Soon

Movability staff will be participating in the Commuter Choice Certificate training offered by the Center for Urban Transportation Research. If you’re involved in commuter assistance for your employer, you may also be interested in participating and learning more about managing transportation issues.

The Commuter Choice Certificate training, a series of weekly webinars throughout the year, gives tools to anyone working with transportation – from HR professionals to transportation department professionals – who wants to learn more about implementing transportation demand management (TDM). TDM is a low-cost way to reduce congestion and the impacts of traffic.

Non-certificate participants are also welcome and may enroll in individual courses of interest. This non-credit certificate program is designed to help you develop in-depth knowledge and skills in a professional field in relatively short time.

Learn more here.


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Downtown Austin Alliance is One of America’s Best Workplace for Commuters

The Downtown Austin Alliance, under whose management Movability operates, has been named one of the 2018 Best Workplaces for Commuters. The list is comprised of  a select group of U.S. employers recognized for offering employees exceptional commuter benefits.

Part of what makes the Downtown Alliance a great workplace for commuters is the organization’s commitment to providing at least five means of support to help employees leave their cars at home, including designating a central point of contact for employee commuter questions and providing an Emergency Ride Home program for employees. Movability helped the Downtown Alliance with its mobility program, and Downtown Alliance employees use options from flex hours to transit and bike riding to get to work without wasting time in traffic.

Like so many Central Austin employers, the Downtown Alliance faces challenges related to mobility including parking costs, time spent in rush hour traffic, and employee well being. Those dynamics are leading more and more employers to think about mobility plans like the one Movability created for the Downtown Alliance, which can help employees connect with the options that work best for their work demands and personal lives.

“Our commuter benefit program is a hit with our employees,” said Molly Alexander, executive vice president of economic development for the Downtown Alliance. “It has led to an increase in productivity, helped with retention, and put us on the map for attracting top talent.”

The Downtown Alliance was in good company this year; IBM and the City of Austin were also named as Best Workplaces for Commuters.

If you’re interested in developing commuter benefits for your employees or connecting with other employers to learn best practices, contact us at Movability!

Movability Leading the Way in TDM

Movability’s own Alix Scarborough was one of 18 emerging leaders in transportation demand management (TDM) selected to take part in a recent leadership summit. The Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) hosted the ImpACT! Leadership program, which brought together a cross-section of TDM professionals around the country from public and private organizations. The leadership program sets up participants with leadership training and ongoing mentors.  

Alix had previously won a 40 Under 40 award from ACT for her TDM leadership in her role as Movability Program Manager. Alix consults with downtown employers to turn mobility challenges into tools that help them meet business goals like recruitment and retention. She works with companies and agencies around the greater Austin area to develop and implement mobility plans that align with their business interests.

TDM is playing a larger role in mobility, as cities, employers, and individuals grapple with the effects of traffic congestion. By shifting some commutes away from single-vehicle, rush-hour travel, cities can mitigate some congestion and employers gain back time.

Best of all, TDM isn’t infrastructure-intensive. While building new lanes and transit infrastructure can be a valuable part of a region’s mobility planning, employers can put mobility policies like telework or parking space buyouts into place immediately.