Harvard designated a 2017 Best Workplace for Commuters

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Harvard has been named a Best Workplace for Commuters for the fourth consecutive year. On Jan. 31, 2017, the Center for Urban Transportation Research announced the employers who earned the designation by meeting the National Standard of Excellence criteria with their employee commuter benefits. Harvard was one of 24 colleges and universities to receive the national designation.

“Harvard University is on the cutting edge of a national movement,” said Julie Bond, program manager for the Best Workplaces for Commuters program. “They have listened to their employees’ challenges with traffic congestion and their concerns over reducing emissions. By offering a range of commuter benefits, Harvard gives its employees the support they need to get to and from work so they can be at their best.”

Harvard provides faculty, staff and students the opportunity to reduce emissions and lead a healthier lifestyle with a wide range of transportation options. The CommuterChoice program offers commuter benefits for employees across the Cambridge and Boston campuses; employees in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area can access additional programs through MASCO.

Nearly 8,000 employees use the 50 percent MBTA transit subsidy; around 500 bicycle commuters are reimbursed up to $240 annually for eligible expenses, and carpoolers receive preferential parking and 50 percent savings on parking costs. Harvard is also the largest university Zipcar partner in New England, and the largest supporter of the Hubway bike share system; both provide Harvard affiliates with discounts and convenient access to these transportation options.

Learn more about healthy and sustainable transportation options provided by CommuterChoice.