Bike to Work Month Happenings
May is National Bike Month! Bicycling has multiple advantages, from reducing costs of car maintenance to limiting environmental impact to reducing health risks.
Transit Pre-Tax Cap Update for 2012
Millions of American commuters are facing a stark reality on January 1, 2012, as their transit fares will effectively increase even though their transit agency or vanpool will not actually be raising fares. These commuters have been taking advantage of a Federal tax law that allows employees to reduce their pre-tax income and apply the savings to their commute.
Commuter Benefits Works for Us Coalition
Commuter Check today announced it is working with a coalition of public agencies, transit operators, private businesses, benefit providers and concerned citizens to support maintaining commuter benefits at their present levels.
Due to our rapid growth over the past few years, Commuter Check will be relocating our main office to help accommodate our plans for continued expansion. The new office will now be located at 320 Nevada Street, 4th Floor in Newton, Massachusetts 02460 effective Saturday July 9, 2011.
Voucher Acceptance Update - MTA New York Commuter Railroads
Recently, the MTA Long Island Railroad (LIRR) and MTA Metro-North Railroad (MNR) announced that June 30, 2011 is the last day they will accept pre-paid vouchers, including Commuter Check vouchers, as forms of payment for both Mail&Ride accounts and purchases at ticket windows
And the Survey Says? Run Incentive Campaigns
We all agree commuter benefit programs are a big win for employers, employees and the environment, but only when employees take advantage of them. Recent surveys conducted by Commuter Check show that only 10% of the commuting population that has access to commuter benefits uses them.
Ride Transit, Lose Weight
Dr. John M. MacDonald, a criminology professor and behavioral scientist at the University of Pennsylvania, wanted to know whether switching from driving to riding mass transit would help people lose weight. To find out, he surveyed Charlotte, North Carolina, residents who had become regular users of that city’s nearly three-year-old Lynx light-rail line.
Transportation Fringe Benefit Update 2011
As you are aware, last year in the Federal stimulus package known as ARRA, language was included which temporarily established parity between the transit and parking portions of the transportation fringe benefit at $230/month. This provision is set to expire at the end of this calendar year. For Edenred it is a priority to make this provision permanent .
Managing Real Time Passenger Information
In today’s fast paced transit environment people not only depend on their transit agency to be able to accurately report and feed passenger information but so do federal and state agencies/regulations. As a transit operator, it is important to not only understand ridership levels and travel patterns to effectively serve riders but also streamline the operations to be financially beneficial.
Simple Communication Goes a Long Way
Millions of people depend on public transportation to move them on a daily basis and we, as an industry, depend on people to move us. Whether it is commuting to work, running errands or heading out to enjoy the nightlife people are dependent on their mode of transportation. It is vital that as much information as possible is provided to those who support and grow our respective businesses. Three questions we should be asking are; Who are we communicating to? What should we be communicating? Where are we communicating?