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Travel Reduction Program


Pima Association of Governments' Travel Reduction Program (TRP) supports area employers to encourage employees to use alternative modes of transportation, including carpooling, vanpooling, bicycling, walking or riding the bus. The Travel Reduction Program serves as a travel demand strategy to help reduce congestion in the region to help keep our air clean.

The use of alternative modes has many benefits for your employees and, in turn, provides value to employers.

Benefits to Employees who use Alternative Modes of Transportation

  • Cost savings from less money spent on gas, insurance and vehicle maintenance, plus employer subsidy if offered
  • Reduced stress from not having to drive or drive alone
  • Healthier lifestyle by using active modes of transportation
  • Connecting with others who share the ride

Benefits to Employers

  • Higher productivity and cost savings due to employees who arrive at work less stressed
  • Higher retention rate due to alternative mode subsidy support for more reliable transportation
  • TRP Employer Recognition for meeting annual employee survey goals

Benefits to the Community

  • Reduced congestion
  • Reduced vehicle emissions
  • Collaboration between public and private partners

Sun Rideshare

Pima Association of Governments' Sun Rideshare program offers free commuter assistance services, including an online ride matching database with thousands of potential people who are looking for carpool or vanpool matches. Sun Rideshare also provides information on conveniet transit options.

Sign up 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, sign up to take advantage of Sun Rideshare's free Guaranteed Ride Home program for emergency rides home, to log your trips for a chance at free rewards and to get the latest rideshare news.

    


Sun Rideshare Assistance to Employer Transportation Coordinators

Pima Association of Governments' outreach coordinator reaches out to employer-designated Travel Reduction Program transportation coordinators to offer the following:

  • Support to plan travel demand strategies for your worksite (consultation, program planning and implementation assistance)
  • Support to promote onsite travel reduction promotional events
  • Information about Sun Rideshare services, including transit schedules, bike maps and program brochures
  • Training and ongoing support for transportation coordinators to be effective and productive in their role

Transportation Coordinator and Employer Resources

TRP Background and Employer Requirements

Pima County and its municipal jurisdictions adopted travel reduction ordinances in 1988 as a travel demand strategy following a 1985 civil lawsuit (McCarthy vs. Thomas). The lawsuit demanded that the jurisdictions prepare approvable plans, containing all reasonably available control measures to attain the air quality standards at the earliest possible time in order to meet the requirements of the federal Clean Air Act. The TRP program is mandatory for employers that have 100 full-time equivalent employees at a single or contiguous worksite. Employers with fewer than 100 employees can volunteer to participate in the program.

TRP Annual Requirements

  1. Assign a Transportation Coordinator
  2. Disseminate Sun Rideshare information to employees
  3. Submit an Employee Survey every year
  4. Submit an Activity Inventory Report (AIR) every year in May
  5. Notify TRP staff of any changes at the worksite, such as downsizing or transportation coordinator changes

TRP Employee Survey

Each TRP employer conducts an employee survey every year. Employees are asked how they get to work in a typical week and how far they drive. Alternative mode usuage is calculated for each work site based on the number of commute trips where an alternative mode is used.

TRP Annual Report

Pima Association of Governments submits an annual report to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality each fiscal year. The report highlights all the activities conducted by the TRP staff and the accomplishments of the Travel Reduction Program. Employee survey and annual plan results are provided.

TRP Ordinances and Statutes

TRP Arizona Revised Statutes

 

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