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Five SLO County employers named ‘Best Workplaces for Commuters in 2018’ 

– Best Workplaces for Commuters, the national authority on recognizing and assisting workplaces that provide exceptional commuter benefits to employees, in partnership with Rideshare’s Back ‘N’ Forth Club, the region’s employer commute program, announced that Cal Poly, Caltrans, Morris & Garritano, San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG), and SRAM have been awarded the 2018 National Standard of Excellence by Best Workplaces for Commuters for offering exceptional employee-provided commuter benefits.

These five local employers join 234 workplaces in the United States that have committed to employee-provided commuter benefits that result in at least 14 percent of their employee base not driving alone to work within a 12-month period.

“These five employers are on the cutting edge of a national movement,” said Julie Bond, Program Manager, Best Workplaces for Commuters. “They have listened to their employees’ challenges with traffic congestion and their concerns over reducing emissions. By offering a range of commuter benefits such as subsiding bus fares, carpooling programs and access to Emergency Ride Home programs, these five employers give their employees the support they need to get to and from work so they can be at their best. These benefits are good for each company and its employees.”

“It’s important to maximize the efficiency of our region’s roadways by continuing to help commuters find smart commute options,” said Peter Williamson, SLOCOG’s employer commute program coordinator. “Our Back ‘N’ Forth Club employer commute program gives local employers the tools and support they need, no matter their size or location, to encourage smart commute choices.” Mr. Williamson continued, “In a time of growing demand on our transportation system, efforts like these by local employers are even more impactful.”

About the Back ‘N’ Forth Club
A division of the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments, SLO Regional Rideshare provides programs for commuters, employers, youth, seniors and visitors. The Back ‘N’ Forth Club, the employer commute program of SLO Regional Rideshare, is dedicated to reducing the number of single occupant vehicles on San Luis Obispo County’s roads and highways, helping commuters save money on gas, and making it easier to get to work or school. The program works with employers to offer several commuter tools, incentives, and services, including regionally funded vanpool subsidies, Guaranteed Ride Home incentives, carpool matching, monthly sweepstakes, and other incentives at The program also offers free bike locker access at park and ride lots throughout the county. For more information about the Back ‘N’ Forth Club, visit or call 511.

About the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments
The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) is an association of local governments in the San Luis Obispo County Region. Its members include all 7 cities (Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, and San Luis Obispo) as well as unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County. The central purpose of SLOCOG is to examine common regional problems and suggest solutions. SLOCOG provides transportation planning and funding for the region, and serves as a forum for the study and resolution of regional issues. In addition to preparing the region’s long-range transportation plan, SLOCOG plans and provides funding for public transit services, highway and roadway improvements, and other alternative methods of transportation. To learn more about SLOCOG, visit

About Best Workplaces for Commuters
Best Workplaces for Commuters is the national authority on recognizing and assisting workplaces that provide exceptional commuter benefits to employees. More than a recognition program, Best Workplaces for Commuters program provides support needed to create, sustain an employee-provided commuter benefit program, including online assessment tools, advisory services, case studies, tool-kits, Web-based tools, webinars and training. Best Workplaces for Commuters represents over 229 workplaces with Best Workplaces for Commuters designation representing over 515,000 employees. The Best Workplaces for Commuters program is managed by the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida with support from the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). For more information:

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