Commuter Services

Outreach program of I-494 Corridor Commission

January Monthly Prize:
$100 Visa Gift Card

Work from home, bike, walk, or use any other non-drive alone mode of transportation to work at least one day by January 31 for a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card.

Click here to participate.

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Twin Cities Telework webinar series

Commuter Services understands telework has impacted many companies. The pandemic has given employers and employees a crash course in telework, a unique opportunity to learn and refine programming or practices. As organizations make difficult decisions about the nature of returning to the office, we’re offering monthly telework-specific webinars through the Twin Cities Telework webinar series.

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Working from home has gone from “the new normal” to a simply “normal” course of operation for many organizations. But whether telework continues in use and popularity six, nine or 12 months from now is something employers and employees alike now ponder. The Twin Cities Telework webinars will provide best practices and assist employers and teleworkers in building positive outcomes in the next phases of telework implementation.

Webinar: Telework and the Current Commute

Twin Cities Telework kicked off with the webinar, Telework and the Current Commute, which set the stage for topics of regional conversation through 2020 and well into 2021. This first webinar offered current data on how commuters are feeling about telework and a future return to work as it pertains to both personal safety and commute expectations. It also offered a snapshot of how employers plan to integrate telework into effective, long-term organizational operations.

The data is based on two commuter surveys and one employer survey conducted by Commuter Services in 2020. Register now to find out more about the concerns and benefits commuters feel about telework, how they see their commute when they return to work, and when organizations might start bringing their staff back the worksite.

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2020 Commuter Challenge Winners

Prize: Electric Bike

Michelle McCarville - Best Buy – Richfield

“Before the COVID-19 pandemic started, I was able to telework a few days a month, and I’m lucky enough to have transitioned to teleworking full time until we’re all able to be back in the office. I’ve reduced the wear and tear on my car, saved money on gas, and been able to be more flexible in my work hours so I can interact with my offsite counterparts when it’s most convenient for them. I also love being able to have the windows open while I work so I can enjoy the summer breeze and see what’s going on in the neighborhood.”

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Prize: $500 Visa Gift Card

Kevin Kelley - Skywater Technology – Bloomington

“Since the pandemic came upon us, I have teleworked for the most part. I am eager to return to the office when it is safe.

My home is in Shoreview and my workplace is about 23 miles south, near the Mall of America. There are not many transit options for me, but there is one option I really like. My wife works at HCMC in downtown Minneapolis. I’ve often enjoyed carpooling to work with her, then taking the Blue Line LRT from U.S. Bank Stadium (next door to HCMC) to the Mall of America. From there, it is a fairly easy half-mile walk to my workplace.

Though not as convenient as driving, it gives my wife and I a chance to spend time together, and sometimes even have a dinner date downtown.”

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2020 Events

  • January - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode (Prize: Electric Snow Shovel)
  • February - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode (Prize: Portable Bluetooth Speaker)
    Heart Health Month
  • March - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode (Prize: Choice of $100 Starbucks or Caribou Coffee Gift Card)
  • April - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode (Prize: $100 Target Gift Card)
    Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22
    Get on Board Day is April 16
  • May - Commuter Challenge
  • June - Commuter Challenge
    Dump The Pump Day is on Thursday, June 18
  • July - Commuter Challenge
  • August - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode (Prize: Blaux Wearable AC+ Personal Air Conditioner and Purifier)
  • September - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode (Prize: Sanitizing Wand)
  • October - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode (Prize: Wireless Earbuds)
    Commuter Services’ Bike to Work Week Oct. 19-23
  • November Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode (Prize: $200 Visa Gift Card)
  • December - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode (Prize: Verilux HappyLight® Luxe LED Light Therapy Lamp)

**Additional events will be added throughout the year

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