Commuter Services

Outreach program of I-494 Corridor Commission

Commuter Challenge 2015

Find a New Way!

Between now and June 30, challenge yourself to try a new way! Take the bus or train, bicycle, carpool, telework or walk instead of driving alone to work or school.
Grand Prizes:
Apple Watch, Fitbit, Commuter Bicycle and $500 Visa Gift Card

Click here to participate.

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State of the Commute Employer Luncheon

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Best Buy Headquarters – Richfield

See firsthand how Best Buy created its stellar transit, carpool, vanpool and bicycle commuting programs. It’s one of the best in the Twin Cities and benefits not only employees but the company. Plus, take a guided tour of Best Buy’s commuter amenities.

Learn how your company can participate in the 2015 Try It campaigns and take advantage free resources and services.

Latest updates on the Southwest LRT Green Line extension, the reconstruction of the 35W/494 interchange, plans for Bus Rapid Transit on 35W with a major hub at 494, MnDOT and the Govern or’s plan to implement MnPASS lanes on I-494 and Crosstown…

There is no cost to attend.

RSVP to Melissa Madison by April 24 at melissa@494corridor.org

Commuter Choice Awards Event Winners!

Winning Organization: Minnesota Life College

Commuter Services wishes to congratulate the winning organization of the 2015 Commuter Choice Award: Minnesota Life College!

Minnesota Life College has been helping people on the autism spectrum and with learning differences for almost 20 years develop the skills they can apply to their professional and personal lives. Transportation is an invaluable aspect of freedom and self-sufficiency for their students. Part of their training includes extensive experience navigating the regional transit system and accessing other sustainable transportation options.

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Winning Employer: Bar Engineering Company

Commuter Services wishes to congratulate the winning employer of the 2015 Commuter Choice Award: Barr Engineering Company

Barr created their own version of the Commuter Challenge that encourages employees to change their commute behavior by creating teams and a little friendly competition. All employees also have access to commuting resources and even incentives to try a new way of commuting. Barr Engineering Co. supports sustainable commuting year-round through its interoffice ride board, carpool registration, biweekly bagel breakfasts for bicycle commuters during the cycling season and showering facilities for active commuters.

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Honorable Mention: Individual

Commuter Services would like to recognize Yasmin Abdi, who received an Honorable Mention at the Commuter Choice Awards last week. Yasmin enrolled in the Metropass program as soon as her employer, Fraser, joined in 2014. Beyond her work commute, she regularly uses her monthly transit pass to travel to client appointments around the Twin Cities. Abdi uses public transportation because it aligns with her values, specifically consumption reduction. Way to go, Yasmin!

February Prize Drawing Winner

Ashish Das - Accenture, Richfield
$100 Visa Gift Card Winner

“Working from home on a snow day, I am able to save time, stay safe and be more productive.”

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2015 Events

  • January - $100 Visa Gift Card Prize Drawing for people pledging to use an alternative to driving alone to work at least one time in the month of January
  • February - $100 Visa Gift Card Prize Drawing for people pledging to use an alternative to driving alone to work at least one time in the month of February
  • March - $100 Visa Gift Card Prize Drawing for people pledging to use an alternative to driving alone to work at least one time in the month of March
  • April - Commuter Choice Awards Event is April 8
    Earth Day is April 22
    State of the Commute Employer Luncheon is April 28
  • May - Commuter Challenge
    Pedal MN Bike Conference is May 4-5
    National Bike to Work Week is May 11-15, with Bike to Work Day on May 15.
    Commuter Services also celebrates Bike to Work Week/Day in June (see below)
  • June - Commuter Challenge
    Commuter Services’ Bike to Work Week is June 15-19. 
    Bike to Work Day Celebration is June 18 from 4:30–6:00 p.m. (Location TBD)
    National Dump the Pump Day is June 18
  • July - Prize Drawing for people pledging to use an alternative to driving alone to work at least one time in the month of July
  • August - Switch My Trip
  • September - Switch My Trip
    Richfield’s Open Streets at Penn Fest event is September 20 from 12–4 p.m.
    World Car Free Day is September 22
    Edina’s Open Streets event is September 27 from 1–5 p.m.
  • October - Carpool to Work Month
    - Switch My Trip
  • November - Prize Drawing for people pledging to use an alternative to driving alone to work at least one time in the month of November
  • December - Prize Drawing for people pledging to use an alternative to driving alone to work at least one time in the month of December

**Additional events will be added throughout the year