Commuter Choice Leadership Initiative Offers Companies a Chance at Recognition

What do California Indemnity Insurance, Paychex, and ProBusiness have in common? In addition to being Hacienda tenants, they have all been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation through the Commuter Choice Leadership Initiative (CCLI) program.

The program identifies companies that use programs which promote alternative commutes and signifies them under a National Standard of Excellence as a Commuter Choice Employer.

Any company in Hacienda qualifies for this recognition by virtue of their employees' participation in the park's commuter programs.

Robin Snyder, who works for the EPA's department of Innovative Transportation Programs and Partnerships, explains that there are many benefits to participating companies.

"Prospective employees will know that your business is part of the commuter benefits program when you use the trademarked term, 'Commuter Choice Employer,' in your recruitment package."

Other benefits available to companies participating in the Commuter Choice Leadership Initiative include information exchanges and forums to share successes and lessons learned with other employers.

To receive the designation of Commuter Choice Employer, companies must be enrolled in the free Alameda County Guaranteed Ride Home program. The program allows Hacienda employees a ride at no charge via taxi or rental car on those days where they have taken transit but need emergency transport home due to special circumstances.

Companies must also complete the Commuter Choice Employer enrollment form.

For businesses interested in participating in the EPA/DOT program, there are a number of resources ready to guide you through the application process. Please contact Hacienda for information on the program at (925) 734-6500 or via e-mail at . Additional details are also available by contacting the Commuter Choice Hotline at (888) 856-3131 or the new CCLI web site at .

Robin Snyder can be reached at (202) 564-1359or via e-mail at .

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