Commuter Services

Outreach program of I-494 Corridor Commission

January Prize Drawing!

Win a Google Home.
Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant. Use voice commands to enjoy music, get answers from Google and manage everyday tasks.

Each month we have a prize drawing for those who 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.

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January Commuter of the Month!

Ramon Gonzalez - Emerson, Bloomington

“I am blessed to work for a great company like Emerson, who allows me to telecommute when I need to. Telecommuting allows me to be productive for Emerson from my home. Whether it is due to weather or something else, I am able to take care of all my work from home. It helps not having to worry about having to be at the office to get things done. It is also one of the ways I can achieve work-life balance.”

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Carpool to Work Month Winner!

Congratulations to Esther Gomez who won a year of free car washes for carpooling to work in October!

“I carpool to work with my sister every day. I drop her off at the Mall of America and because she starts earlier than me, I am able to walk the mall and get my exercise in. Then I head to my office awake and refreshed to start the day!”

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Facebook Prize Winner!

Linda Sue Amundson
Winner of a month of free carwashes

Most importantly, we are proud that carpooling reduces air pollution and our carbon imprint. Carpooling also saves our family hundreds of dollars a year in gas, the company we work for provides carpooling warehouse credits, and carpooling reduces stress as I can visit with my best friend or take a nap! It's great that 494cooridor.org has information and resources to encourage carpooling. Let's save gas, stress, and the Earth!

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August Prize Winner!

Pamela Freeman - Children's Hospitals and Clinics of America, Edina

“I live in Oak Grove and my commute is between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours one way. Thankfully, my employer allows me to telework and it’s a Win Win Win! It’s a win for me because I am not contributing to traffic and air pollution on my work from home days. It’s a win for Children’s because I am more productive and often work longer hours, giving some of my commuting time back to the company. And it’s a win for the environment and for our roads and other drivers, as it is one less vehicle clogging up the roadways and less pollution clogging up our airways.”

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2016 Events

  • January - Google Home for people pledging to use an alternative to driving alone to work at least one time in the month of January
  • February - Prize Drawing for people pledging to use an alternative to driving alone to work at least one time in the month of February
  • March - Prize Drawing for people pledging to use an alternative to driving alone to work at least one time in the month of March
  • April - Prize Drawing for people pledging to use an alternative to driving alone to work at least one time in the month of August
    Commuter Challenge
    Commuter Choice Awards Event is April 28
    Earth Day is April 22
  • May - Commuter Challenge
    State of the Commute Employer Summit is May 13
    National Bike to Work Day is May 20.
    Commuter Services also celebrates Bike to Work Week in June (see below)
  • June - Commuter Challenge
    Commuter Services’ Bike to Work Week is June 13-17.
  • 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 - Prize Drawing for people pledging to use an alternative to driving alone to work at least one time in the month of August
  • September - Switch My Trip
    Penn Fest is September 18 from noon to 4 p.m.
    Edina Open Streets is September 25 from 1 - 5 p.m.
  • October - Switch My Trip
    Carpool to Work Month
  • 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