employer services

Employers  —you're invited!  Join SANDAG iCommute for a free webinar about how to conduct employee commuter surveys and earn 2022 Diamond Awards points.The 50-minute webinar will take place on Wednesday, January 26th, from11 a.m. - 12 p.m., followed by Q&A session. Registration required 

This webinar we will cover the importance of surveying your staff while gathering valuable feedback from your employees currently working remotely, a hybrid schedule, or in the office. It will provide: 

  • Recommendations on survey timing 
  • How to qualify for gift card raffle prizes for your employees 
  • Examples of customizable survey questions, and 
  • A sample report and how to use the results to grow your commuter program 

    We hope you can join us, register today! 


Commute alternatives can be good for your employees, the planet, and your bottom line. Many of your employees who drive alone probably have a significant concern about their commute in terms of cost, time, or stress.

Commuter programs can support employees who carpool, vanpool, bike or walk to work, take transit, have a compressed workweek schedule, or telework. There are many benefits to your organization and employees. Even using alternative transportation just once a week can make a big difference in employee wellness, productivity, and retention, not to mention employer savings through tax benefits, lease costs, and reduced parking demand.

Employer assistance. The SANDAG iCommute program provides assistance and tools to help your organization design and implement customized commuter programs that meet financial and environmental goals. A commuter program can help attract and retain talented staff, as well as improve overall employee satisfaction. A commuter benefits program can stand side-by-side with your organization’s medical, dental, and vision benefits. iCommute can help you coordinate onsite events and provide marketing materials and promotional incentives that are customized to your workplace.

Carpool Incentive Pilot Program. Designed to introduce employees to the benefits of carpooling to work, this pilot program provides an incentive of ten free trips over a 90-day period through the Waze Carpool app. New carpool drivers that participate will be rewarded with a $50 gift card. The program is available to employees at organizations that work with iCommute. To be eligible, employers must survey their employees about current commute habits and confirm that there is an interest in carpooling to work. Employers also can earn an iCommute Diamond Award point by hosting an on-site event to promote the program to staff. To take advantage of this unique opportunity, contact iCommute.

Diamond Awards. The iCommute employer services program is the gateway to the Diamond Awards, which recognizes employers for outstanding alternative commute programs, commuter participation, and more. The program is based on a points system tied to employer involvement, annual activities, and shifts in employee transportation choices.

Telework. Teleworking is a convenient solution that enables employees to work from home or a remote location one or more days per week. Employers are encouraged to implement their own policies. iCommute can assist with proven guidelines and templates to get this process started.

Try Transit. The Try Transit program is a collaborative effort between the SANDAG iCommute program, Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), and North County Transit District (NCTD). Try Transit is an employer benefit program that provides eligible employees with a 30-Day Pass to try one of the many transit choices – bus, train, or Trolley – in the San Diego region. Employers located within 1/2 mile of a transit stop may be eligible to participate.

For more information, call 511 and say “iCommute” or email iCommute@sandag.org.

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