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Commuting Smart Has Its
Benefits and Rewards

Smart Commuter Rewards is an incentive program that helps worksites motivate employees to reduce their drive-alone trips and vehicle miles traveled. Sign Up Today!

Benefit: Smart commute choices
keep business moving

Traffic congestion wastes time and money by delaying people, products and services. You help solve this problem when you choose a smart alternative to driving alone. Your efforts reduce traffic, help the environment and, more importantly, keep business moving.

Rewards: Win up to $250 and more

Smart Commuter Rewards can help you become a commuting genius. When you find alternatives to driving alone, such as carpooling, vanpooling, riding the bus, walking or bicycling, you're showing your brilliance. And to reward you for being so clever, we offer Smart Commuter Rewards participants the chance to win up to $250 per quarter. Enroll in Smart Commuter Rewards, log your trips and instantly raise your commuter IQ!

Smart Commuter Rewards is an incentive program to help worksites reach their goals to reduce drive-alone trips and vehicle miles traveled by their employees. This program is funded through a partnership with WSDOT, local governments, and businesses.

Quarterly Rewards

 
Prize Level Prize* Days per Quarter
Smart Commuter of the Quarter
$250 Reward (one winner)
  • Photo on bus exterior ad, worksite posters and Community Transit website
  • Invitation to Smart Commuter Awards Luncheon (held in April)
  • Nominated for Smart Commuter of the Year
48+
(average of four
days a week)
Genius Level
$100 Rewards (five winners)
48+
Brilliant Level
$50 Rewards (10 winners)
36-47
(average of three
days a week)
Clever Level
$25 Rewards (20 winners)
24-35
(average of two
days a week)

* Rewards can be redeemed in the form of a gas card or transportation voucher. So when you win, you can choose your own way to show off your Smart Commuter IQ!

Guaranteed Smart Commuter Rewards

No winner at your worksite in any of the Smart Commuter Rewards categories? No problem. If your eligible employer has at least five Smart Commuters logging trips on RideshareOnline.com, there will be a second chance drawing for a $25 Reward to guarantee a winner at your worksite.

Second chance drawing will be held only if the worksite does not have a winner in the Clever, Brilliant, Genius or Smart Commuter of the Quarter levels. Participants must have logged at least 24 days of commute alternatives in the quarter to be eligible for the prize drawing.

How to Participate

Step 1: Register at RideshareOnline.com with your work-issued email address. If you're already registered with a personal email address, you may change that email address to your work-issued email, or create a new account with your work-issued email address. You must use a work-issued email address to qualify for Smart Commuter Rewards. If your worksite doesn't issue email addresses, please contact your Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC). 

Step 2: Associate yourself with your worksite’s network on RideshareOnline.com. All eligible employers are listed in RideshareOnline.com. If you’re not sure which worksite to list or how to find the correct network, contact your ETC for more information. You must be associated with your worksite’s network to qualify for Smart Commuter Rewards.


Step 3: If you need help finding a drive-alone alternative that suits your lifestyle and work schedule, contact your ETC or one of Community Transit’s TDM Specialists to help you plan your trip, answer questions and provide information on options like taking the bus, carpooling, vanpooling, bicycling and walking.

Step 4: Start making trips by bus, carpooling, vanpooling, bicycling or walking at least 8 days per month. You can even count teleworking or days you have off due to working a compressed work week!

Step 5: Track your trips online using your personalized RideshareOnline.com calendar. The more days you make smarter trips, the bigger prizes you can win!  All eligibilty rules apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

 
Reduce traffic congestion and improve quality of life by promoting transportation by bus, carpool, vanpool, bicycling, walking, teleworking and working a compressed work week.
Rewards are the prizes awarded to the winners who may select their prize in the form of a gas card or a transportation voucher that can be applied to the purchase of a transit pass or vanpool fare.
Program is funded in partnership with WSDOT, local governments, and businesses.
Eligible worksites are worksites that have partnered with Community Transit to receive Commute Trip Reduction services. Eligible worksites are located in the following jurisdictions:
  • Arlington
  • Bothell
  • Edmonds
  • Lynnwood
  • Marysville
  • Monroe
  • Mountlake Terrace
  • Mukilteo
  • Unincorporated Snohomish County
Since only worksites that are partnering with Community Transit are eligible for Smart Commuter Rewards, you can:
  • contact Community Transit and we will contact your employer to see if they are interested in partnering with us, or
  • visit your employer’s Human Resources department to see if they would like to add an employee transportation program to your worksite benefits. Click here for more details.
The partnering employers have drive-alone trip reduction goals established by their jurisdiction. Smart Commuter Rewards is an incentive program to help the worksites reach their goals in reducing drive-alone trips and vehicle miles traveled by their employees. 
There is no single way to reduce congestion. Rather, a multi-faceted approach is best. Smart Commuter Rewards is part of the overall solution by increasing awareness about transportation choices, encouraging behavior change, and eliminating some of the barriers that keep people from trying an alternative to driving alone.
Community Transit uses the tracking calendars to:
  • confirm participant eligibility for program incentives
  • determine the number of vehicle trips removed for each worksite
  • measure increases in bus ridership, carpooling, vanpooling, bicycling and walking, teleworking and compressed work week.

The act of logging trips also helps you:
  • notice opportunities for making more of your trips by bus, carpooling, vanpooling, bicycling or walking, teleworking or working a compressed work week
  • see the money you save and the good you do for your environment. 
Your personal information is confidential and is only used by Community Transit to send you requested materials and incentives. Community Transit does not sell, distribute, or otherwise disseminate your information to any third party. Information given by participants, both contact information and commuting information, is kept confidential, unless authorized by you for the purposes of finding a carpool, vanpool or bicycling/walking buddies. Entry constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use prize winners’ names, worksite names, hometowns, and any text submitted for the purposes of promotion on behalf of Smart Commuter Rewards.
If you are selected for one of the prizes, a TDM Specialist will contact you via your provided email address to arrange the details of delivering the prize to you. If the TDM Specialist does not hear back from you after the first week, your worksite Employee Transportation Coordinator will be asked to follow up with you. You will have ten days from the initial reward notification in which to reply with your choice of reward. After this time, the TDM Specialist will choose the reward on your behalf, and arrange for it to be sent to you care of your worksite. This time limit is in place so as not to delay reward receipt for all other winners. Your reward will be delivered to you six to eight weeks after initial contact.
Community Transit will comply with the IRS reporting requirements for prize winners. According to  IRS instructions, a Form 1099-MISC is required for any person receiving more than $600 in prizes and awards. For those prizes where there is an issue of what the actual worth of the prize is, the IRS regulations defining the fair market value of a prize will determine whether or not a 1099-MISC is filed. Recipients of prizes qualifying for a 1099-MISC must agree to provide the information necessary for the 1099-MISC in order to receive their prize; they should expect to receive their forms in time to file their appropriate tax returns. For prizes worth less than $600, it is the recipient’s responsibility to comply with all relevant IRS income reporting guidelines.
If there is more than one person in the car for the commute, then the hybrid vehicle may count as a carpool. Driving alone in a hybrid vehicle may reduce fuel usage and emissions, but does not reduce traffic congestion. Therefore, Community Transit does not recognize hybrid use alone for prize drawing eligibility.
The primary goal of the program is to remove drive-alone trips, by promoting alternatives such as bus, carpool, vanpool, bicycling and walking, and even teleworking and working a compressed work week. A motorcycle qualifies as a carpool only if more than one person is riding the same cycle.
Power-assisted bicycles qualify as a bicycle in this program. Motorized scooters of any type, whether meeting license requirements or not, count towards the program only when more than one person is sharing the commute, for the same reasons as listed above for motorcycles.
Yes, as long as it is a method of transportation where the foot is in contact with the ground, it is eligible in the “walking” category. This would therefore include skateboards, jogging, rollerblading and non-motorized scooters. Trips made by wheelchair are also eligible in the "walking" category, as long as the trip replaces a drive-alone vehicle trip. 
 
Go to the RideshareOnline.com Calendar Demonstration for a complete video demonstration of how to use your online calendar.
Resources

In addition to personalized commute assistance from a Community Transit Specialist, the following resources can help you improve your trips.

Bus
Carpool and Vanpool
  • RideshareOnline.com: Find a carpool or vanpool for your daily commute or for regional events.
Bicycling and Walking
General
  • Puget Sound Traffic Cameras: Traffic cameras for state roadways, plus information on freeway congestion, commute times, construction and closures, road conditions.