Commuter Services

Outreach program of I-494 Corridor Commission

March Prize Drawing

Win an $100 Amazon Gift Card

Replace a drive-alone trip to work or school and instead take the bus or train, bicycle, carpool, walk, telework or vanpool once this month.

Click here to participate.

Monthly Pledge

Street Hopper Plus Portable Speaker Prize Winner!

Kristi Black - Best Buy - Vanpooling
Street Hopper Plus Portable Speaker

"We are a sassy, fun group of gals, and we have a code: what happens in the vanpool, stays in the vanpool"

Monthly Pledge

Commuter Choice Awards 2018

Help us salute creative commuting champions!

We’re putting the spotlight on organizations, employers and individuals for their great work in promoting alternatives to driving alone.

To help us do that, we’d like to hear from you! We’re seeking nominations for the 2018 Commuter Choice Awards, a metro-wide program that salutes creative commuting programs and advocates.

The nomination form is available HERE. Deadline for submitting nominations is Wednesday, March 7.

The Commuter Choice Awards is an opportunity to recognize programs and projects that improve commuter mobility in the Twin Cities. Employers, property managers, building owners, public entities, nonprofit organizations, and individuals can nominate themselves or be nominated by an associate.

There are six categories of awards; they are:
Employer of the Year
Building Owner/Management Company of the Year
Organization of the Year
Government Entity of the Year
Commuter Champion of the Year
Commuter Benefits Coordinator of the Year 

Employers, building owners/management companies, organizations, government entities and individuals either complete their own nomination form or are nominated by an employee, tenant, community member or local transportation management organization (TMO). TMO Outreach Specialists are always available to assist nominees in completing their form. 

When all forms are submitted, a carefully-selected panel of transportation and human resources professionals, public officials and advocates evaluates each nomination’s clarity, creativity and outcomes. Scores are assigned to each nomination; the nomination that receives the highest score within a category is considered the winner in that category.

The 2018 Commuter Choice Awards will be held at Studio 514 Event Center in Minneapolis on Thursday, April 26. The awards are sponsored by Metro Transit and the region’s Transportation Management Organizations (TMOs). 

> Nomination form

> Award Categories

> Frequently Asked Questions   

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Commuter of the Month!

Michael Greene - City of Minnetonka - Bike Commuter

“I initially began bike commuting while stationed in San Diego with the Navy in 2004. The great weather was too good to pass up! Fast forward to the summer of 2016 and I got back into bike commuting again after my truck broke down. It’s only 11 miles to work so it wasn’t too long of a ride. I ended up donating the truck to charity when I decided I could bike full time. This transition was aided tremendously by a coworker who is big into cycling. He is a huge resource. In addition to donating lots of gear, he gives great advice and encourages me to keep commuting. It works out great working for the City of Minnetonka as well. I use the city owned Williston Center to get ready for work after my ride in the morning and I have a place indoors to store my bike and gear at city hall.

Some coworkers thought it was a little crazy to bike commute year-round, especially with the brisk winters. I’ve found that there are a lot of bike commuters and a great supportive cycling culture in the Twin Cities. This makes it easier than you might think. A couple of coworkers also bike in on a regular basis!”

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2018 Events

  • January - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode. Prize: Street Hopper 5 Plus Portable Bluetooth Speaker
  • February - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode. Prize: Choice of Amazon Echo or Google Home
  • March - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode. Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card
    March 7 deadline for Commuter Choice Award nominations
  • April - Commuter Challenge
    Commuter Choice Awards Ceremony is Thursday, April 26
    Earth Day is Sunday, April 22
  • May - Commuter Challenge
    State of the Commute is May 23
    National Bike to Work Week is May 14 - May 18. National Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 18.
    Commuter Services also celebrates Bike to Work Week in June (see below)
  • June - Commuter Challenge
    Commuter Services’ Bike to Work Week is June 18 - 22
    Bike to Work Celebration at REI in Bloomington: 4:30 to 6:00 pm on June 21st with a bike maintenance class following
    Bike to Work Celebration Location TBD: 4:30 to 6:00 pm on June 19th
    Dump The Pump Day is on Thursday, June 21
  • 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: Date TBD
    Open Streets on 50th: Date TBD
  • 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