Commuter Services

Outreach program of I-494 Corridor Commission

Take the Commuter Challenge!

Win a $500 Visa Gift Card, a Roomba, or a Commuter Bicyle

Try a sustainable mode of transportation. Replace a drive-alone trip to work or school and instead take the bus or train, bike, carpool, walk, telework or vanpool.

Click here to participate.

Win a gift card, roomba or commuter bicycle

State of the Commute Employer Summit

Join us on Tuesday, May 23 from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Best Buy Corporate Campus,7601 Penn Avenue S.,Richfield

There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided

Topics Include:
• MnDOT Briefing on I-94 and Hwy 169 Construction Projects
• Transit Updates: Southwest LRT (METRO Green Line Extension), METRO Orange Line BRT and Mobile App
• Health, Wellness and the Intersection of Transportation
• Recognition of suburban employers offering commute programs
• Commuter of the Month Winners - hear from employees who inspire us with their sustainable commute choices
• Network with other companies implementing commute programs

Visit Information Tables:
• MnDOT
• Southwest LRT (METRO Green Line Extension)
• METRO Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit
• Metro Vanpool
• Twin Cities Telework
• SouthWest Transit
• Metro Transit

Tour of Best Buy Corporate Campus highlighting commuter amenities

RSVP Required to Melissa Madison
Melissa@494corridor.org or (612)749-4494

State of the Commute Employer Summit 2017

Free Bike to Work Week Celebrations!

Please join us on June 21 or 22 from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

BLOOMINGTON

Wednesday, June 21 • 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
at REI
494 & Lyndale, Bloomington

• Attendees will receive a free bike repair kit (while supplies last)
• BIKE CHECKS drive train, chain, brakes & tires
• SNOW CONE & ICE CREAM TRUCK FREE snow cones or ice cream treat
• GIVEAWAYS & REGISTER FOR PRIZES

Then stay at REI for a Free Bike Maintenance Basics - Level I class from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Click Here to register at REI - Bloomington's website.
In this informative session you will learn how to lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time, and make other minor adjustments to your bicycle that will keep you riding smoothly and prolong your bike's life. No experience necessary! Note that this is a demonstration class; please do not bring your bike.

EDEN PRAIRIE

Thursday, June 22 • 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
at Purgatory Creek Park Pavilion
13001 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie

• Attendees will receive a free bike repair kit (while supplies last)
• BIKE CHECKS drive train, chain, brakes & tires
• SNOW CONE & ICE CREAM TRUCK FREE snow cones or ice cream treat
• GIVEAWAYS & REGISTER FOR PRIZES

Win a gift card, roomba or commuter bicycle

February Prize Winner!

Thomas VanRiper - Mall of America
Winner of a Fitbit Flex 2

“Many people cannot afford to get a car, myself included. Transit offers an affordable means of getting around and opening options outside of walking distance. The fares are very affordable, I recommend taking advantage of the Go-To Card and Metropass. The drivers are very helpful with learning the routes and connections.”

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April Commuter of the Month!

Scott Watson - Best Buy Headquarters - Transit Rider

“I commute by bus most days, and love it. My employer fully subsidizes my MetroPass, 100%. That's a great benefit that I've enjoyed for five years now. It has saved me, my car, about 10,000 driving miles. Riding buses during the winter has been keeping my older car still very rust-free.

I work at the border between first and second-ring suburbs; impressively, my workplace can be reached via eight different bus lines, four of which I have used. In the winter I usually transfer at the new Southdale Transit Center, where eight bus lines converge, and there are several shelters with dual heat lamps. During warmer months, I walk part way around one of the city lakes to a bus route that takes me right to work, no transferring needed, and the bus ride takes only 10 minutes. I get good exercise with beautiful views.

For me, bus commuting does not take that much longer than driving, and is very stress-free. I've gotten nicely acquainted with several drivers. I'm keeping my carbon footprint small and reducing traffic. I have encouraged many co-workers to consider switching from driving to transit.”

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To learn more about Metropass and how to offer it at your company, please contact our Director of Outreach, Kate Meredith at Kate@494corridor.org or 612-750-4494.

Monthly Prize Winner!

Tammy Sutherland
Winner of a Roku Premiere+

“I ask myself, how am I doing when it comes to leaving an impact on this earth? Am I using resources wisely? Carpooling saves gas, energy, and traffic jams lessen. It's just smart all around! Next I'm going to bike to work!”

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2017 Events

  • January - Google Home Prize to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode
  • February - FitBit Prize to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode
  • March - Roku Premiere+ Prize to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode
    March 1 deadline for Commuter Choice Award nominations
  • April - Commuter Challenge
    Commuter Choice Awards Ceremony is April 26
    Earth Day is Saturday, April 22
  • May - Commuter Challenge
    State of the Commute is May 23
    National Bike to Work Week is May 15 - May 19. National Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 19.
    Commuter Services also celebrates Bike to Work Week in June (see below)
  • June - Commuter Challenge
    Commuter Services’ Bike to Work Week is June 19 - 23
    Bike to Work Celebration at REI in Bloomington: 4:30 to 6:00 pm on June 21st
    Bike to Work Celebration at Purgatory Creek Park in Eden Prairie: 4:30 to 6:00 pm on June 22st
    Dump The Pump Day is on Thursday, June 15
  • July - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode
  • August - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode
  • September - Promotions for Carpool to Work Month
    Open Streets at Penn Fest: Sunday, September 17 from 12:00 – 4:00pm
  • October - Carpool to Work Month
  • November - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode
  • December - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode

**Additional events will be added throughout the year