Commuter Services

Outreach program of I-494 Corridor Commission

August Prize Drawing

$100 Coffee Gift Card

Replace a drive-alone trip to work or school and instead take the bus or train, bicycle, carpool, walk, telework or vanpool once this month.

Click here to participate.

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June Prize Winner - Double Camping Chair with Umbrella

Aja Heitkamp, Virtual Radiologic
Telework Pledge

“I love teleworking for a lot of reasons and I've been lucky enough to work from home since March 2020. My favorite thing about teleworking is that I get to take my dog, Sonny, for more walks throughout the day and keep him company instead of my husband or I am rushing home after work to take him out and tire him out. I also don't miss sitting in rush hour traffic twice a day!”

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Earth Month Commuter Celebration Winners

Elisabeth Groebel, Park Nicollet
Prize: Electric Bike

“Bike commuting has a huge impact on my quality of life. When I'm able to bike to work I arrive feeling energized, and the ride back makes for an easy transition from work to home. Working out has always been important for me, but with a toddler at home it can sometimes be a bit more of a challenge. Building a workout into my commute frees up more time in the day for other things. I also love the portions of my commute that circle Lake Harriet and Bde Maka Ska, and often see birds, animals, mist and sunrises over the lake.”

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Tanya Snyder, HID Global
Prize: Earth Friendly Swag Bag

“I have been commuting by bike now for several years, and I continue to do that now that my office has opened up again after the pandemic. I really enjoyed getting outside in the spring time! I also am telecommuting now about half of my days. I appreciate all that Commuter Services does to help promote alternatives to driving!”

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The Handlebar Chronicles

June 2021

See how one bike commuter found inspiration and personal satisfaction in his 18-mile commute in The Handlebar Chronicles. Presenter Paul Klauda has amassed more than 600 photos of the people and scenery he has encountered on the trails, and shares some of the highlights in this webinar. He offers stories, personal reflections and even some photography tips! Klauda is the prep sports editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and a bike commuter for more than a decade.

Watch Then Handlebar Chronicles

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Southwest LRT and SouthWest Transit Updates

May 2021

Get the latest on transit construction along the Southwest LRT and learn about new and future SouthWest Transit routes in the webinar, Southwest LRT and SouthWest Transit Updates.

SWLRT Community Outreach Coordinator James Mockoviack provides update on the progress of the 14½ - mild light rail project, including road and trail closures. SouthWest Transit Chief Operations Officer Matt Fyten shares information about new routes and exciting new services that have come on board over the past year.

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Commuter Services hosts this presentation.

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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: Getting it Right – Best Practices for Teleworkers and Their Managers

Watch the telework training webinar, Getting it Right – Best Practices for Teleworkers and Their Managers to learn the organizational and management skills to make telework successful in the long run.

Working from home will be much different once organizations start to bring employees back to the worksite, particularly if part of the staff is still working from home. This new webinar dials into some of the considerations that go along with hybrid work environments and focuses on the important communications skills that will be needed to ensure all staff feel included and valued.

Getting it Right – Best Practices for Teleworkers and Their Managers is part of the Twin Cities Telework webinar series

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Twin Cities Telework Webinar Archive

Watch Working from Home: Lessons Learned Over the Past Year

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Watch Telework and the Current Commute

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METRO Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) presentation

Learn about the METRO Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) connecting bus plan from the people how know it best – Metro Transit Senior Planner John Dillery and Outreach Coordinator Juan Rangel. In this webinar, they highlight the Orange Line service scheduled to open in late 2021 along the I-35W corridor, connecting Burnsville, Bloomington and Richfield to south Minneapolis.

When complete, the Orange Line will replace existing bus routes 535 and 597. The concept plan in place also proposes changes to bus routes in Bloomington, Edina and Richfield, including routes 515, 535, 537, 538, 539, 540, 542, 553 and 597.

Commuter Services hosts this presentation.

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Commuter Spotlight - Carpooler rock stars Catherine Diaz and Christine Wrazen

With National Siblings Day on April 10, the Commuter Spotlight shines on sisters Catherine Diaz and Christine Wrazen, both employed by Willis Towers Watson in Bloomington. They carpool, they telework and when it’s nice out, they walk! Check out their fun story for more about these rock star commuters! click here.

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2021 Events

  • January - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode (Prize: $100 Visa Gift Card)
  • February - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode(Prize: Aluratek HD Webcam and Ring Light.)
    Heart Health Month
  • March - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode (Prize: MEDIFY AIR - Air Purifier MA-25.)
  • April - Earth Month Commuter Celebration (Prizes: Electric Bicycle or an Earth Friendly Swag Bag)
    Earth Day is April 22
  • May - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode (Nikon COOLPIX W150 Waterproof Camera)
  • June - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode (Double Camping Chairs with Removable Umbrella)
    Dump The Pump Day is June 17
  • July - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode ($100 Visa Gift Card)
  • August - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode
  • September - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode
    Penn Fest is Sunday, September 19 from 1:00 - 5:00pm
  • October - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode
  • 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