January 17, 2011
The classifieds in this issue include 1 notice, 12 bids & proposals, and 7 job opportunities!
PRTC Recognizes ‘Gold Level Employers’ for Support of Programs for Commuters
Omni SmartCommute, a program of the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) in Woodbridge, VA, has recognized four companies in the agency’s service area as “Gold Level Employers” for the variety of commuter benefits and programs they offer their employees. Employers in Prince William County, VA, can receive free commuter consultations through Omni SmartCommute.
The four Gold Level Employers are:
* American Type Culture Collection, a global nonprofit bioresource center and research organization that provides biological products, technical services, and educational programs to private industry, government and academic organizations;
* Comcast Corporation, a leading provider of cable, entertainment, and communication products and services;
* George Mason University’s (GMU) Prince William campus; and
* Micron Technology, a manufacturer of semiconductors whose products are used in everything from computing, networking, and server applications to mobile, embedded, consumer, automotive, and industrial designs.
To meet the Gold Level standard, employers must offer at least four different benefits or programs to improve their employees’ commutes and must encourage alternatives to driving alone. Suggested benefits and programs include starting a telework program, providing preferential parking for carpools and vanpools, offering flextime or compressed work weeks, and installing shower facilities for bicyclists and walkers.
For example, GMU’s Prince William campus has no direct form of public transportation, so the university operates a shuttle bus system connecting that campus with another in Fairfax, VA, and allowing connections to PRTC buses in Manassas, VA. Campuses with better public transit coverage encourage bicycling and walking to class, while staff members at all campuses are eligible for the monthly federal transit benefit of up to $230.
“By encouraging alternatives to driving alone, these four employers have increased employee satisfaction while helping to reduce traffic congestion,” said Sam Salkin, employer services representative at Omni SmartCommute.