Commuter Services

Outreach program of I-494 Corridor Commission

Try Transit Prize Drawing

Grand Prizes:
A Year of FREE Transit Rides or Bose QuietControl 30 Wireless Headphones

Between now and November 30, Try it once. Take the bus or light rail, instead of driving alone to work.

Click here to participate.

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Try Transit Photo Scavenger Hunt

To participate in the photo scavenger hunt, take one (or all) of the types of pictures listed below and post to our Facebook page @CommuterServicesMN for up to eight additional entries (one entry per photo).

PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT PICTURES:
• Take a picture of a bus driver
• A bike on a bus or train
• Take a selfie of you on a transit ride
• Picture of the bus stop closest to your employer
• Selfie of you on a Light Rail or Northstar platform
• Your favorite view on your transit ride
• Picture with your co-worker on transit
• Show us your Go-To Card or Metropass

Click here for more info.

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2018 State of the Commute Employer Summit

Wednesday, November 7
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Best Buy Corporate Campus
7601 Penn Ave S., Richfield, MN 55423

RSVP Required. Register HERE.

Learn about the many long-term road construction projects in the I-494 area including:
• Phase 3 of the 35W@94 to Crosstown project - through 2021
• 35W Minnesota River Bridge between Bloomington and Burnsville - through 2021
• New I-494: Airport to 169 including reconstruction of the I-35W/I-494 interchange and tunnel under I-494 at Knox Avenue (Best Buy Campus)

Transit Project Updates – METRO Orange Line and Southwest LRT/METRO Green Line Extension

Tax Changes Impacting Transportation Fringe Benefits and Non-Profits

Recognition of Suburban Employers with Exemplary Commuter Programs & Commuter of the Month winners.

The event is free, and lunch is provided.

RSVP Required by November 2. Register HERE.

Monthly Prize Winner

Commuters of the Month

Grant Baumgardner & Bryan Keating - Thermo King - Biking & Carpooling

We have several reasons why we started biking and carpooling. We wanted to get exercise, reduce our carbon footprint, and save money. We also get some satisfaction out of doing things unconventionally.

You get to talk to a friend on the way to and from work, and if you’re biking, you get a workout at the same time. Another benefit is a more disciplined schedule – there’s accountability built into our routine that keeps us arriving to and leaving work on time.

Biking with a co-worker gives us motivation to ride when we’d maybe rather sleep in. We keep each other accountable to a schedule, and help keep each other safer on the road. It’s easier to see two bikers than one.

Biking really doesn’t take us much more time than driving, especially with construction-related traffic, and we have found that we are as fast as the bus too. We also feel much more awake and alert at work after bike commuting.

Think beyond Google Maps, because it doesn’t always find the best bike routes. For example, our morning route uses the trails by the chain of lakes, and even though it adds two miles, it adds zero minutes, because there are almost no stops – plus it’s a safer, more enjoyable route, with better scenery.

Don’t be afraid to get creative. Bryan has been known to ride a kick scooter to the bus to cut down on walking time. Biking to the bus stop can be a great option in the event of unexpected weather.

The most important advice for trying new modes of transportation is to find a friend to try them with. It’s much easier and more fun to try something new with someone to talk to and hold you accountable.

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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

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