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Good employees are hard to find. Once you find them, how do you keep them?

Each day area employers lose money because their workers arrive at work stressed from driving alone to work. Providing employees with a helpful commuter program is a great way to retain valued employees, increase productivity and expand your labor pool.

Sun Rideshare helps Pima County commuters and your employees with reliable and affordable transportation options.

Who Saves? Your company. Your employees. Your community. See the many benefits of using alternative modes of transportation here.

How can Sun Rideshare help your Company? Take advantage of Sun Rideshare's free Travel Demand Management program, made to ease your employees' commutes and curb your transportation challenges. Sun Rideshare offers:

Marketing Materials
Sun Rideshare offers transit schedules, brochures, bike maps and more.

Outreach Support
Sun Rideshare can host promotional events on-site at your company.

Travel Assistance and Planning

  • Consultations
  • Program planning
  • Implementation assistance

Sun Rideshare Travel Database
The Sun Rideshare Travel Database is an online ride matching database that provides Pima County residents assistance in finding a carpool, vanpool or convenient public transti options.

There are already thousands of people in the Sun Rideshare Travel Database, many of whom are looking to save money by carpooling. Register now and you'll be matched with the best candidates who live and work near you and have similar work hours.


If you already use an alternative mode of transportation, register for Guaranteed Ride Home, log your trips for the Sun Rideshare Rewards Program, or register to get the latest rideshare news and reminders about upcoming events and happenings, all FREE to you!

Please contact Ruth Reiman at rreiman@pagregion.com or (520) 792-1093 for more information

Company Spotlight:  Ventana Medical Systems Leads the Way to Sustainability

In 2003, Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. (Ventana) was rated in Fortune magazine as one of the 100 fastest growing companies. Today, the Oro Valley- based company has over 1,100 employees and is a member of the Roche Group.  A leading supplier of cancer diagnostic systems to the anatomical pathology market, Ventana manufactures over 220 cancer diagnostics tests  with related automated diagnostic instruments. Over 8 million patients in 90+ countries are diagnosed or monitored with help from Ventana  products each year, keeping the company true to their mission to ”improve the lives of all patients afflicted with cancer.”
Ventana employees live throughout southern Arizona, so commuting to Oro Valley can be time consuming and costly.  The sustainability committee at Ventana, entitled VERDE (Ventana Environmentally Responsible and Dedicated Employees), understands these challenges and encourages employees to use alternative transportation.
One of VERDE’s tools to spread the word is an Alternative Transportation Resources page on the Ventana intranet. Employees can find information about Sun Rideshare, the benefits of carpooling as well as access to a “carpool match” database listing detailed cross street information and ideal work hours in order to identify a carpool group.  VERDE holds an annual Earth Week celebration, inviting sustainability-focused vendors, such as Sun Tran and Sun Rideshare, to host informational tables. Additionally, VERDE has held an alternative transportation contest where buildings on their campus compete to see which has the largest percentage of employees using alternative transportation for their commute.
The company also provides financial incentives and special parking spots to employees who carpool and has onsite shower facilities and bike lockers for those who ride their bikes to work. A 2014 pilot program allows certain departments to choose an 80 work week in 9 days, getting every other Friday off.  Another incentive allows offsite, remote working—up to 10 days per quarter. Both programs decrease the number of trips taken by employees, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

 

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