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Boise State recognized nationally for its employee commuting culture

Boise State University has been recognized by Best Workplaces for Commuters for offering employees and students exceptional commuter benefits.

Boise State is among a select group of universities in the U.S. that have earned the Best Workplaces for Commuters National Standard of Excellence by providing an array of commuter benefits, resulting in at least 14 percent of their commuting population not driving alone to campus within a 12-month period.

“Boise State is one of the top universities in the nation offering high level commuter benefits to their employees and students,” said Julie Bond, program manager at Best Workplaces for Commuters. “Boise State made the list because they offer transportation choices that include free transit fares, carpool/vanpool programs, bicycle facilities and access to Emergency Ride Home programs.”

The university offers employees and students several commuter benefit options, including:

  • A free Valley Regional Transit bus pass with every faculty, staff or student ID
  • The 10K Bicycle Commuter Club, which offers a number of benefits to faculty and staff who commute by bike
  • Vanpool, carpool and alternative commute matching programs
  • The free Bronco Shuttle, which is available to all members of the community to easily navigate campus and downtown

“We are extremely proud of this recognition of the success of our commuter benefits such as the Bronco Shuttle program, our progressive improvements as a Bicycle Friendly University, our ability to offer Valley Regional Transit and our partnership with the downtown Boise transportation collaborative, CityGo,” said Department of Public Safety – Transportation, Parking and Safety Systems Director Samuel Patterson. “All of these mobility options save employees and students time, money and stress. Our benefits give us a competitive edge in recruitment and retention while helping reduce traffic congestion and negative environmental impact.”

The Best Workplaces for Commuters program offers designated organizations, including universities and sites, access to a range of support services to assess and promote non-driving options for those commuting to campus, including organizational assessment and implementation tool-kits, web-based tools and webinars, staff training and information exchange.

“The universities on this list understand the importance and impact commuter benefits have on their employees and students and the value they bring to the environment,” said Bond. “Excellent commuter benefit programs reward these universities not just with a national designation, but buoys workplace productivity, student loyalty and brand recognition in an increasingly competitive marketplace.”