Commuter Services

Outreach program of I-494 Corridor Commission

Win a $500 Gas Gift Card

Carpool to work or school at least once in October and be eligible to win a $500 Gas Gift Card! Need help finding someone? Request a free carpool match.

Carpooling…

• can get you there faster using the free carpool lanes
• is a great way to reduce costs for gas and minimize wear and tear on your car
• decreases air pollution

Click here to participate.

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Congratulations to our 2017 Commuter Challenge Winners!

Sara Rice - Schwan's Company
Prize: $500 Visa Gift Card

"I usually work from home one day a week. It's a great time to leave the distractions of the office and make good progress that I might not be able to otherwise. Plus, it feels good getting to work in sweatpants while taking calls!"

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June Rydberg - Region's Hospital
Prize: iRobot Roomba 650

"I am very fortunate to have the ability to carpool on a regular basis. Although my husband works at a different company, he drops me off and picks me up from work often. This saves us money on gas and vehicle wear and tear. In addition, I feel like a princess with her prince providing me door to door service."

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Matt Brillhart - City of Richfield
Prize: Commuter Bicycle

"I had occasionally biked to work in the past, but not regularly. The Commuter Challenge was a great incentive to get in the habit of biking to work at least once a week. On the other days, my girlfriend and I carpool together. We each asked our supervisors for a little flexibility in scheduling and that made it easier for us to make it work."

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Bike to Work Week Celebrations!

Our Bike to Work Week was a tremendous success garnering over 150 attendees! Thank you to everyone who attended a celebration or supported the campaign by biking to work!

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Monthly Prize Winner!

Timothy Pate - Mall of America
Sony MDR-7506 Headphones

“I pledged to take public transit – but I also tried biking to and from work. Taking public transit was great because it allowed me time to read books and catch up on the news in the morning, so I could ease into my day.

I really enjoyed biking as well. Especially in the morning, biking to work was refreshing and fun. Plus I didn’t have to worry about paying for gas!”

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Commuter of the Month!

Wanda Dollahan - UnitedHealth Group - Walks to Work

“3.21 miles from my front door to my desk… for me, about 6,763 steps… just one foot in front of the other. Speed isn't the object, although I do tend to walk fast and I like to take advantage of the downhill to get a little jog on every now and then. Mornings are the best… cool, mostly quiet (the detour on 169 has added a lot more traffic to my route!) and there's almost no one else on the trails, except for the three turkeys who occasionally like to walk with me... you can't get that on a treadmill.

I started walking to work when I moved to Minnetonka a little over 2 years ago and began my career at UnitedHealth Group. Living close is certainly a bonus. I was a runner, but my hips decided that wasn't for me anymore, so walking became my passion. I'm fortunate to have access to a commuter locker and showers at UHG. When it's the middle of summer and 80 degrees at 6:00a, I've got it covered. Although we've been blessed with a cool spring, I look forward to the fall when the leaves start falling… as well as the temperatures!”

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Facebook Prize Winner!

Tony Leif - Donaldson, Bloomington
Winner of a Roku Steaming Stick

“We carpool and occasionally work remote to cut down on air pollution and to save money. We now drive an electric vehicle to cut costs and pollution even further.”

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2017 Events

  • January - Google Home Prize to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode
  • February - FitBit Prize to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode
  • March - Roku Premiere+ Prize to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode
    March 1 deadline for Commuter Choice Award nominations
  • April - Commuter Challenge
    Commuter Choice Awards Ceremony is April 26
    Earth Day is Saturday, April 22
  • May - Commuter Challenge
    State of the Commute is May 23
    National Bike to Work Week is May 15 - May 19. National Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 19.
    Commuter Services also celebrates Bike to Work Week in June (see below)
  • June - Commuter Challenge
    Commuter Services’ Bike to Work Week is June 19 - 23
    Bike to Work Celebration at REI in Bloomington: 4:30 to 6:00 pm on June 21st
    Bike to Work Celebration at Purgatory Creek Park in Eden Prairie: 4:30 to 6:00 pm on June 22st
    Dump The Pump Day is on Thursday, June 15
  • July - Sony MDR-7506 Professional Headphones 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: Sunday, September 17 from 12:00 – 4:00pm
    Open Streets on 50th: Sunday, September 24 from 1:00 - 5:00pm
  • 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