It's a repeat win for the Bruins! UCLA has again earned a spot for 2024 on the Best Workplaces for Commuters (BWC) list – an honor achieved for offering the campus community sustainable, affordable, convenient, and accessible transportation choices.
“We are excited to announce UCLA as a top employer in the nation for offering remarkable commuter benefits to its employees plus students. The university’s leadership demonstrates a commitment to improving commuters’ quality of life,” said BWC’s Julie Bond.
Best Workplaces for Commuters is a program operated by the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida. BWC’s annual list of U.S.-based employers must meet the program’s established national standard of excellence, showing improvement in how UCLA’s nearly 86,000 commuters arrive on campus.
To achieve this standard, employers must apply to the program and prove they meet a nationally recognized benchmark of outstanding commuter benefits. UCLA’s benefits include discounted daily parking, carpooling matching and reduced-priced carpool permits, bike programs, subsidized transit passes, and incentives for green commuting, such as access to shower/locker facilities on campus for walkers and cyclists, discounts at local bike shop, and a guaranteed ride home program.
Standout offerings include the popular Bruin Commuter Transit Benefit, which provides a complimentary quarterly transit pass for people new to riding the bus or rail. The reinstated Earn-A-Bike program gets drivers to trade in their parking permits for a free $900 bicycle package.
Newly introduced was the Commuter All Access Pass, providing rides on all seven transit agencies that serve the campus at an affordable price. Also implemented was a pilot program for lower-income employees offering a free quarterly transit pass.
"We take immense pride in receiving the Best Workplaces for Commuters national designation. Our sustainable transportation programs reflect UCLA’s commitment to the environment and the well-being of our faculty, staff, and students, saving them time, money, and stress,” said Tony Lucas, executive director at UCLA Events & Transportation.