Commuter Services

Outreach program of I-494 Corridor Commission

September Prize Drawing

Vivitar 4k Wi-Fi Action Cam

Each month we will be having a prize drawing for those who try an alternative mode of transportation. Replace a drive alone trip and instead take the bus or train, bicycle, carpool, walk, telework or vanpool.

Click here to participate.

Monthly Pledge

Congratulations Commuter Challenge 2018 Prize Winners!

Chase Wilson - Optum - Telework

$500 Visa Gift Card

“On the days I telework, the time normally spent sitting in traffic becomes productive work time. It’s a benefit for me and my employer. It also helps me achieve more work-life balance.”

Monthly Prize Winner
Eric Salisbury - Midwest Dental - Carpool

Commuter Bicycle

“My wife and I really enjoy carpooling to work together. It's a great way to start the morning.”

Monthly Prize Winner
Steve Zumbusch - Eaton Corporation - Bike Commuter

4K DVD Player

“Getting the first ride [of the season] into work always seems to be a challenge, but after that first ride, I always get pumped up about the next one. I get a double plus by feeling good about reducing the impact on the environment but also a really pleasant ride home that clears my head no matter how the day went. ”

Monthly Prize Winner
Stephanie McGinn - Avtex - Telework

$100 Caribou Coffee Gift Card

“Telecommuting has given me the flexibility to balance work and other responsibilities in my life. It maximizes productivity by eliminating interruptions and reducing the time and stress spent on the daily commute. Staying connected through email, phone and videoconferencing means I don’t miss meetings and important collaboration. The culture at Avtex is very conducive to telecommuting, which all employees appreciate! ”

Monthly Prize Winner
Jan Catton - American Rare Coin & Collectibles - Telework

Amazon Fire HD Tablet

“Along with my job in Bloomington, I work for another company that allows me to work from home. When it comes to saving time and money, you can’t beat teleworking!”

Monthly Prize Winner

SAVE THE DATE: State of the Commute Employer Summit

Date: Wednesday, November 7th, 2018
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Best Buy Corporate Campus - Richfield

There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided

Topics Include:
• MnDOT Construction Briefing
• Metro Transit Updates
• Recognition of suburban employers offering commute programs
• Commuter of the Month Winners Recognition
• Network with other companies implementing commute programs
and more...

RSVP Required
RSVP to Melissa Madison at melissa@494corridor.org or 612-749-4494

Monthly Prize Winner

Commuter of the Month!

Tanya Snyder - HID Global, Eden Prairie - Bicycle Commuter

“Several years ago, Commuter Services held a commuter fair at my company, HID Global, and it got me thinking about alternative ways of commuting from my house in Edina to my work location in Eden Prairie. Since my commute is not very far, biking seemed like a good choice. My company has indoor bike parking, as well as locker rooms and showers, and Commuter Services provided me with information about possible biking routes and gear that would be helpful.

Since that time, I went from scratching my head about how I’d manage everything I needed to bring, to having a convenient routine down, and biking 3-4 times per week. I even got studded tires for my bike so I am able to ride in the winter. On days when I’m not able to ride in, I really miss it! I love that when I get to my office, I have already gotten a little workout in, and there will be more to come in the evening.

I have 2 teenage drivers in my family, so not tying up a car for the entire day is another plus. And I feel good about reducing my contribution to environmental issues that we all face. I have several different routes I can take; a 15 minute ride along busier roads for when I am running on a tight schedule, a 25 minute one along quieter roads (my most frequent route), and recently, when time allows, I take the newly opened 9 mile creek trail west and connect with trails in Bryant Lake Park. This takes me an hour, but it provides some really nice scenery, and is mostly on bike trails, which is great. I try to do this longer ride at least once a week.”

Commuter Image

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 (Prizes: $500 Visa Gift Card, Commuter Bicycle, 4K DVD Player, Amazon Fire HD 8, $100 Starbucks or Caribou Gift Card)
    Commuter Choice Awards Ceremony is Thursday, April 26
    Earth Day is Sunday, April 22
  • May - Commuter Challenge (Prizes: $500 Visa Gift Card, Commuter Bicycle, 4K DVD Player, Amazon Fire HD 8, $100 Starbucks or Caribou Gift Card)
    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 (Prizes: $500 Visa Gift Card, Commuter Bicycle, 4K DVD Player, Amazon Fire HD 8, $100 Starbucks or Caribou Gift Card)
    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 Thursday, June 21 with a bike maintenance class following
    Bike to Work Class: 9:30 to 11:00 am on Saturday, June 16
    Dump The Pump Day is on Thursday, June 21
  • July - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode. Prize: Amazon Echo Show
  • August - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode. Prize: Fitbit Charge 2
  • September - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode. Prize: Vivitar 4k Wi-Fi Action Cam
    Open Streets at Penn Fest: Sunday, September 16, Noon to 5:00 pm
    World Car Free Day: September 22
    Open Streets on 50th: Sunday, September 23, 1:00 to 5:00 pm
  • October - Try Transit: (Prize: Win a year of free transit rides)
    Ditch the Drive with Metro Transit ditchthedrive.org
  • November - Try Transit: (Prize: Win a year of free transit rides)
  • December - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode

**Additional events will be added throughout the year