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2014 Bay Area Commuter Survey Report


San Francisco Commuter Benefits Ordinance 2012-2013 Annual Report


511 Regional Rideshare Program 2012-13 Annual Report


2012 City and County of San Francisco Transportation Survey Report

The second bi-annual report on the transportation behavior of City employees provides an overview of both commuting and at-work travel decisions.  Additionally, by comparing the results of the 2012 Transportation Survey to the 2010 Survey, the report offers insight about how CommuteSmart programs contribute to reaching the City’s goal of 50 percent of all trips by sustainable modes by 2018.

The 2012 City and County of San Francisco Transportation Survey Report found:

  • Since 2010, the drive alone commute rate among City employees has dropped one-third, from 51 percent to 36 percent.
  • 53 percent of respondents drive for work-related purposes, out of which over half are driving their personal vehicles.
  • Eight percent of employees who drive alone have a commute time of 20 minutes or less.  For these employees, one sustainable commute that can match the time is biking or ridesharing. 

San Francisco Emergency Ride Home Program 2012-13 Annual Report

The Emergency Ride Home program encourages commuters to use sustainable commute modes by providing a free ride home in case of unexpected emergencies. The 2012-13 Annual Report found the program to:

  • The program has successfully met the needs of participants each year while maintaining a low overall cost.
  • Most commuters that access this program have only used it once a fiscal year, demonstrating that it is used only when appropriately necessary.
  • If the program were unavailable, almost all participants responded that they would continue using a sustainable commute mode to get to work. This program is effective in encouraging commuters to use sustainable modes of transportation and, more importantly, continue to do so if an emergency ride home were unavailable.

511 Regional Rideshare Program 2011-12 Annual Report

The goal of the 511 Rideshare program is to decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by focusing on a reduction in single occupancy commute trips. The program accomplishes this by encouraging commuters to rideshare.

The 2011-12 Annual Report identified a number of positive conclusions:

  • The highest number of new program registrations occurred in 2011-12.
  • While sign-ups fluctuate from year to year, there has been an increase in participation among those choosing to sign-up for the program.
  • Participants are generally more likely to seek car- or vanpools outside their own company, more likely to be flexible in how they participate in a carpool, and increasingly interested in logging their current sustainable trips. 

San Francisco Commuter Benefits Ordinance 2012 Annual Report

The second annual report on the San Francisco Commuter Benefits Ordinance confirms the program is successful in reducing the number of single occupancy vehicle commutes to and from San Francisco. The 2012 Annual Report found:

  • The Ordinance continues to influence the creation of commuter benefits programs, both locally in San Francisco and nationwide
  • 34 percent of San Francisco employees are participating in commuter benefits programs at work
  • Employers are increasingly offering multiple benefits, such as a combination of a pre-tax deduction benefit and an employer-paid subsidy
  • The Ordinance has contributed to an estimated reduction of 455,000 metric tons in carbon emissions from commute traffic in 2011 and 2012

CityCycle 2012 Annual Report

Instead of driving from one meeting to another, City and County of San Francisco employees can use the CityCycle fleet to conduct work-related business and help reduce  greenhouse gas emissions. The 2012 Annual Report found the program to:

  • Decrease use of motorized vehicles for short trips. Once CityCycle was an available resource, City employees chose to ride a bike with greater frequency. Driving for trips up to three miles decreased by five percent, and driving for trips three to six miles decreased by six percent. Over 32,800 vehicle miles are reduced annually as a result
  • Save money and reduce emissions. 1,360 gasoline gallon equivalents are reduced annually, reducing costs by $4,366 and CO2 emissions by 35,467 lbs
  • Motivate employees to be healthy. Employees are most encouraged to bike because of the health benefits associated with cycling

 


San Francisco Emergency Ride Home Program 2011-12 Annual Report

The Emergency Ride Home program encourages commuters to use sustainable commute modes by providing a free ride home in case of unexpected emergencies. The 2011-12 Annual Report found the program to:

  • Motivate commuters to walk, bike, take transit or rideshare to work
  • Encourage the use of sustainable modes by drive-alone commuters
  • Provide a necessary “safety net” to encourage sustainable commuting.  The majority of participants use the ERH program once a fiscal year

San Francisco Commuter Benefits Ordinance 2011 Annual Report

The San Francisco Commuter Benefits Ordinance reduces drive-alone commute trips to and from San Francisco. The 2011 Annual Report found:

  • The Ordinance successfully resulted in the adoption of benefits programs by nearly 40% of businesses
  • On average, two-thirds of employees at small companies in San Francisco participate in commuter benefits programs
  • Nearly 80% of businesses offer the pre-tax transit/vanpool deduction benefit to employees
  • A reduction in carbon emissions attributed to commute traffic by an estimated 255,000 metric tons

Contact Information

CommuteSmart
San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment)
City & County of San Francisco
Phone: (415) 355-3727
Email: CommuteSmart@sfgov.org


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