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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

Smart Commute Means Less Stress: Can help save time and money, reduce stress, reduce employees’ carbon footprint, increase their sense of community and contribute to a better quality of life.

Nov 27, 2017 07:13PM

Westchester County and New York State have partnered on a free informational program to help reduce drive-alone commuting, which means less stress for workers and the environment.

Westchester’s Smart Commute program was created to help commuters and their employers learn various strategies to increase their use of mass transit alternatives. The program supports the state and county governments’ mutual commitment to ease congestion on our roadways and improve air quality. Program organizers say alternative modes of transportation can help save time and money, reduce stress, reduce employees’ carbon footprint, increase their sense of community and contribute to a better quality of life.

Employers who enroll in the program receive free commuting benefits for employees and others traveling to their location, including the following:

  • Transportation Information Fairs held at the worksite, and tailored to the company’s location and size. An information table can be set up in a common area during lunch hours, so employees can learn about their commute options in a casual atmosphere.
  • The Commute-n-Save Program, which gets employees to work using pre-tax salary dollars and saves employers on payroll-related taxes.
  • A Commute Information Rack with a restocking service to make transit sched- ules available at the worksite.
  • A worksite survey and Go Green commuting plan tailored to the company’s needs.

For more information about the Smart Commute program, call 914.995.4444 or visit Westchestergov.com/SmartCommute.