Since 1985, Hacienda has focused on the need to provide sustainable commuting choices. Commute services available at Hacienda help employees and residents identify transit alternatives that save time, money and the environment.
To reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles commuting in the area, Hacienda developed the Tri-Valley Transportation Guide, a full-color map that serves as a comprehensive guide to local transportation alternatives.
Hacienda also offers comprehensive education about transportation alternatives and distributes the ECOpass, which entitles Hacienda residents and employees to free rides on the local Wheels bus. Wheels operates seven days a week and makes stops at Hacienda, BART and other locations throughout the Tri-Valley area. Other support services include a free carpool or vanpool matchlist, walking and bicycling support services and a free Guaranteed Ride Home for people who use a commute alternative.
Residents and employees at Hacienda enjoy a discount rate when they join City CarShare, a nonprofit that provides a fleet of electric vehicles for carpool, vanpool and public transportation commuters. Vehicles are located at electric charging stations in and around Hacienda and are available for short distance transportation.
The Hacienda comprehensive program of commute alternatives has received national recognition. Chief among this recognition is the designation as a Best Workplaces for Commuters District. The program has become a significant standard-bearer for excellence in commuting programs. Originally promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the program recognizes employers that offer benefits such as subsidized transit passes, ridematching and telework. Hacienda has, on multiple occasions, also received the program's Gold Award in the Best Workplaces for Commuters Race to Excellence.
Studies performed by local and regional agencies demonstrate that companies using the array of services offered to Hacienda employees reduce single occupant vehicle use significantly. Transitioning commuters from single occupant vehicles to transit alternatives means reduced vehicle miles traveled, reduced congestion and improved air quality in the Tri-Valley and the region.