Spare the Air Employer Program

San Francisco

Employer Assistance
How to and Best Practices TDM (Transportation Demand Management) Strategies: Commute Trip Reduction
This overview talks about the various elements an employer can incorporate into a commute program, impacts, benefits and costs, and other considerations when creating a program. It also includes useful case studies.
Victoria Transport Policy Institute
Marketing and Incentives TDM (Transportation Demand Management) Marketing
This overview helps employers understand how to develop and implement TDM marketing programs and strategies starting with identifying which types of transportation services are desired and barriers to alternative modes.
Victoria Transport Policy Institute
TDM (Transportation Demand Management) Strategies: Commuter Financial Incentives
This overview discusses financial incentives employers can offer to entice employees to use a commute alternative, including parking cash out, commuter benefits and more.
Victoria Transport Policy Institute
WRA Environmental Consultants – Employee Incentives
This short video talks about WRA’s commitment to promoting carpooling and other alternatives and their incentive program that lets employees earn extra hours of vacation time for using commute alternatives.
Spare the Air
Bicycling
How to and Best Practices Corporate Bike Programs
This vendor provides a variety of services to help employers establish and manage bike programs for their employees.
Bikes Make Life Better
Bike Facilities Bike Parking for Businesses
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition helps get more bike parking at worksites and events as well as around town.
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
Dero
Dero is a vendor for fix-it stations, pumps, bike supplies vending machines.
Dero
Madrax
Madrax is a vendor for fix-it stations, pumps, bike supplies vending machines.
Madrax
Secure Bike Parking Guide
San Francisco’s bicycle advocacy organization published this guide on how to install bike parking, with case studies on how commuting by bike benefits businesses.
SF Bicycle Coalition
SFMTA Bike Racks
The SFMTA installs racks for short-term bike parking (under 2 hours) in the public right-of-way (on the sidewalk or in the parking lane) by request, at no charge.
SFMTA
The Official San Francisco Bike Guide
This handy guide provides everything you need to know about bike safety in San Francisco.
SFMTA
Bike Repair Beeline Bikes
Beeline helps employees get bike maintenance or repairs on-site.
Beeline Bikes
Sprocket Mobile Bike Repair
Sprocket helps employees get bikes maintenance or repairs on-site.
Sprocket Mobile Bike Repair
Bike Share Ford GoBike
Ford GoBike is the bike-share program in the San Francisco Bay Area, currently serving San Francisco, Emeryville, Berkeley, Oakland and San Jose.
Ford
Bike to Work Day Bike to Work Day Toolkit
Get your organization involved in this annual Bay Area-wide event to promote commuting by bike.
Multiple
Carpooling/Vanpooling
How to and Best Practices How to Start a Carpool Program
This quick-start guide walks you through the steps of starting a carpool program for employees.
511
How to start a Vanpool Program
This quick-start guide walks you through the steps of starting a vanpool program for employees.
511
Ridesharing: Carpooling and Vanpooling
This section provides detailed descriptions of carpooling and vanpooling, information on costs and benefits, case studies, resources and references, and tips to provide to employees.
Victoria Transport Policy Institute
Vanpools: Creative Adaptations to Meet Changing Markets
This issue focuses on vanpools and includes case studies, best practices and resources for starting a vanpool program.
Association for Commuter Transportation
Carpool Matching 511 RideMatch
The free 511 RideMatch Service can help your employees find carpool partners.
511
Carpool Now
The Spare the Air Employer Program provides free lunchtime carpool matching events for employers meeting program criteria.
Spare the Air Employer Program
Carzac
Employees can schedule carpools at their convenience via the rideshare service app. The code SPAREAIR05 will give new customers $5 in free rides!
Carzac
Duet
Employees can schedule carpools at their convenience via the rideshare service app. The code SPAREAIR05 will give new customers $5 in free rides!
Duet
Scoop
Employees can schedule carpools at their convenience via the rideshare service app. The code SPAREAIR05 will give new customers $5 in free rides!
Scoop
HOV & Express Lanes Carpools on Bridges
Help your employees learn how to take advantage of carpool discounts on Bay Area bridges.
511
HOV Lanes
Carpools, vanpools and eligible clean air vehicles can drive in high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes during commute hours. HOV hours of operation and carpool occupancy requirements vary by lane.
511
Incentives Preferred San Francisco Vanpool Parking
Vanpools get preferred parking in designated areas of San Francisco with a vanpool parking permit.
SFMTA
Vanpool Program Overview
511 consultants will help you start and maintain full vanpools. Vanpools receive up to $500 in gas card incentives.
511
Vanpool Providers Enterprise
A dedicated Enterprise Rideshare representative can help tailor a vanpool program for your company.
Enterprise
Carsharing
Shared Vehicles Getaround
This peer-to-peer carsharing service lets you rent out your car when you’re not using it, or rent someone else’s car when they’re not using it.
Getaround
JustShareit
This peer-to-peer carsharing service lets you rent out your car when you’re not using it, or rent someone else’s car when they’re not using it.
JustShareIt
Scoot
Scoot offers shared, electric, smartphone-activated motor scooters ideal for running short errands. Scoot offers corporate accounts with the ability to fully or partially subsidize employees’ use of scooters.
Scoot
Turo
This peer-to-peer carsharing service lets you rent out your car when you’re not using it, or rent someone else’s car when they’re not using it.
Turo
Zipcar
This membership-based service lets you reserve and unlock cars for use by the hour, day or week. Zipcar offers business accounts, so you can provide this service to your employees who avoid driving alone to work.
Zipcar
Commuter Benefits
How to and Best Practices Bay Area Commuter Benefit Program Employer Guide
This comprehensive guide explains the requirements of the Commuter Benefit Program and various options for compliance, as well as how to get started. This guide contains dozens of resources as well as answers to frequently asked questions.
BAAQMD/MTC
Commuter Benefit Program
This hour-long webinar walks viewers through the requirements of the Commuter Benefit Program and discusses options for compliance.
BAAQMD/MTC
Commuter Benefit Resources
SF Environment’s sustainable transportation program provides sample promotional materials along with an employee enrollment form, employee interest survey and voluntary waiver form.
SF Environment
Ordinances/Regulations Commuter Benefit Program
This regional program requires employers with 50 or more full-time employees to register and offer one of several options of commuter benefits to employees.
BAAQMD/MTC
Commuter Benefits Ordinance
This city-wide ordinance requires San Francisco employers with 20 or more employees to offer a commuter benefit program.
City/County of SF
Vendors Clipper Direct
Clipper Direct is the pre-tax transit benefit program operated by the Bay Area’s transit fare payment card program.
MTC
Private Pre-Tax Transportation Benefit Vendors
A variety of privately operated pre-tax transportation benefit programs offer vouchers, transit benefit debit cards, direct loading to Clipper cards or a combination.
Various
Flexwork
How to and Best Practices Flexible Work Arrangement Implementation Guide
The San Francisco Department of the Environment produced this resource for employers who want to formalize flexible work arrangements.
SF Environment
How to Start a Telework Program
This overview discusses the steps needed to implement a telework program and keys to a successful program.
511
How to Start a Variable Work Hours Program
This overview from 511 tells you how to implement a flextime, compressed work week or staggered work hours schedule as a means to reduce commute trips.
511
Sample Policy
The California Department of Human Resources produced this detailed alternative work week schedule policy for their own employees.
California Department of Human Resources
TDM Strategies: Improved Transport Options – Alternative Work Schedules
This overview addresses a range of alternative work schedules: flextime, compressed work week and staggered shifts.
Victoria Transport Policy Institute
Telework Tools
The San Francisco Department of the Environment produced this resource for employers who want to implement a telework program.
SF Environment
The Telework Issue
This issue of ACT’s TDM Review is focused on telework and includes case studies, tips for successful telework programs, and how new technologies make telework more feasible.
Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT)
Why Compressed Work Weeks Can be Great for Employees and Employers
This article from HuffPost talks about concrete ways both employees and employers benefit from compressed work weeks.
HuffPost
Guaranteed Ride Home
How to and Best Practices How to Start a Guaranteed Ride Home Program
This 511 guide covers the benefits of guaranteed ride home programs as well as implementation tips.
511
GRH/ERH Programs San Francisco Emergency Ride Home
When San Francisco commuters use a sustainable mode to travel to work in San Francisco and experience a personal or family emergency while at work, SF Environment will reimburse the cost of the ride (up to $150 per ride). Emergency Ride Home is free to employees, and no registration is required.
SF Environment
Professional Resources
Professional Organizations Association for Commuter Transportation
The Association for Commuter Transportation is the development and support organization for professionals working in the field of transportation demand management (TDM). Through advocacy, education, and networking efforts, ACT works to improve the lives of commuters, the livability of communities, and the economic growth of businesses.
Association for Commuter Transportation
International Society of Sustainability Professionals
The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is the world’s leading professional association of sustainability professionals. ISSP works to make sustainability standard practice through empowering professionals to advance sustainability in organizations and communities around the globe. As a professional association, ISSP improves the skills of sustainability practitioners through ISSP Sustainability Professional Certification, education, knowledge sharing, research, and professional credentials.
International Society of Sustainability Professionals
Young Professionals in Transportation
Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) is an international nonprofit coalition of organizations supporting professional development, fellowship, and networking for young professionals in the transportation field. The San Francisco Bay Area chapter includes transportation professionals and advocates working toward safe, efficient, and sustainable transportation.
Young Professionals in Transportation
Recognition Programs Best Workplaces for Commuters
Employers can secure national recognition for their sustainable commuting practices through Best Workplaces for Commuters, an organization honoring employers providing excellent transportation alternative programs. The Best Workplaces website includes descriptions of the innovative and effective practices of the recognized employers.
Best Workplaces for Commuters
Business Environmental Awards
Since 1990, Acterra has been celebrating sustainable business practices in the San Francisco Bay Area through its Business Environmental Awards. They have recognized nearly 200 businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Applications are available in the fall.
Acterra
CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards
The CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards recognizes leadership and innovation among small businesses that take action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, promote climate friendly practices, and integrate sustainability throughout their business operations.
California EPA, California Air Resources Board, Renewable & Appropriate Energy Laboratory (UC Berkeley) and Next 10
Excellence in Motion Awards
MTC’s regional awards program recognizes people, projects and organizations that improve the way people get around the Bay Area each day. This awards program takes place every other year in even-numbered years.
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards
This statewide program recognizes individuals, organizations and businesses who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable voluntary contributions in conserving California’s precious resources, protecting and enhancing our environment, building public-private partnerships and strengthening the state’s economy.
California EPA
Shuttles
How to and Best Practices Shared Employer Shuttles: Sharing the Road and the Savings
This hour-and-a-half long webinar details how several US employers shared the cost of a shuttle service. The webinar addresses high-tech long-haul shuttles, a partnership with a microtransit provider, and more.
ACT/Best Workplaces for Commuters
Shuttles 101 Webinar (2014)
This comprehensive webinar from 2014 talks about how to set up a shuttle program, with research on needs, funding, partners, how to begin, and more.
Southern Alameda Spare the Air Resource Team
Shuttles 101 Webinar, Part 1 (2013)
This hour-long webinar from 2013 covers the first half of a workshop on designing and implementing a shuttle program. Part 1 covers the basics of setting up a shuttle program.
Southern Alameda Spare the Air Resource Team
Shuttles 101 Webinar, Part 2 (2013)
This hour-long webinar from 2013 covers the second half of a workshop on designing and implementing a shuttle program. Part 2 presents case studies on how various employers have implemented shuttle programs, challenges they encountered and tips for success.
Southern Alameda Spare the Air Resource Team
Private Service Provider Bauer’s Transportation
Employers can contract with this provider for employee shuttle services.
Bauer’s Transportation
Black Tie
Employers can contract with this provider for employee shuttle services.
Black Tie
Chariot
Employers can contract with this provider for shuttle services for their employees. Chariot also operates fixed-route services and accepts pre-tax commuter benefits (via Commuter Checks, transit benefit debit cards and WageWorks) as well as direct employer subsidies for payment.
Chariot
Compass Transportation
Employers can contract with this provider for employee shuttle services.
Compass Transportation
Corinthian
Employers can contract with this provider for employee shuttle services.
Corinthian
MV Transportation
Employers can contract with this provider for employee shuttle services.
MV Transportation
Ridepal
Employers can contract with this provider for employee shuttle services.
Ridepal
San Francisco Minibus
Employers can contract with this provider for employee shuttle services.
San Francisco Minibus
Trans Metro
Employers can contract with this provider for employee shuttle services.
Trans Metro
Veolia Transportation
Employers can contract with this provider for employee shuttle services.
Veolia Transportation
WeDriveU
Employers can contract with this provider for employee shuttle services.
WeDriveU
Worldwide/El Paseo
Employers can contract with this provider for employee shuttle services.
Worldwide/El Paseo
Transit
Employer Pass Program Caltrain Way2Go
The Caltrain Go Pass program allows companies, educational institutions and residential complexes to purchase annual unlimited-ride passes for all eligible employees, residents or students.
Caltrain
SamTrans Go Pass
The SamTrans Way2Go program allows companies and residential complexes to purchase annual unlimited-ride passes for all eligible employees or residents. 
SamTrans
Transit Fare Payment Program Clipper
Clipper is the all-in-one fare payment card accepted on virtually all public transit in the Bay Area. Cards are available for bulk purchase for employers and other organizations.
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Walking
How to and Best Practices 10 Tips for Walking to Work
Walking to work is a great way to stay healthy and save money on commuting costs. This tip sheet contains helpful information you can share with employees.
Very Well
Worksite Walking Program Starter Kit
This simple starter kit shows businesses the steps needed to create a successful and long-lasting walking program.
St. Joseph Health
Safety/Walkability California Walks
California Walks is a statewide voice for pedestrian safety and healthy, walkable communities for people of all ages and abilities.
California Walks
Map My Walk
This online app lets you map and track walks, and can also create team challenges – perfect for employers.
Under Armour
Walk Safety
This safety sheet includes nine tips for walking safely.
St. Joseph Health
Walk Score
Walk Score calculates the walkability of an address and how easy it is to live a car-lite lifestyle. Use it to help employees who live near work determine if walking will work for them.
Walk Score
Walk SF
Walk SF is an advocacy group working to make walking in San Francisco safer for everyone.
Walk SF
Walk to Work Day Walk to Work Day
Walk to Work Day is an annual event dedicated to demonstrating how easy is can be to walk to work.
Walk SF