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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Why should your business invest in sustainable transportation?

Why should your business invest in sustainable transportation? Dollar for dollar, commute benefits out perform simple pay raises. Commute benefits, such as transit passes and bicycle reimbursements, are tax-free for your employees and your business

Sustainable transportation strategies can increase employee productivity 50% and cut sick time in half.

Research includes: Nieman, David, et al, “Immune Response to a 30-Minute Walk,” Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise,Jan. 2005, pp. 57-62.  Besser, Lilah, et al, “Walking to Public Transit: Steps to Help Meet Physical Activity Recommendations,” American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2005, Vol. 29, pp 273-280.

It can cost up to 150% of an employee’s annual salary to find and train a replacement.

Businesses that offer attractive benefits are better able to attract and retain desirable employees.  In one study, a large corporation saw an 87% decrease in employee turnover when the company improved commute options. Research: Winters, Philip, et al, “Quantifying the Benefits of TDM,” Center for Urban Transportation Research. 

Studies have demonstrated a significant link between commute stress and job satisfaction.

Research: Wener, Richard, et al, “Commuting Stress: Psychophysiological Effects of a Trip and Spillover in the Workplace,” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1924, pp. 112-117.

Check out our blog article, "8 Reasons Your Business Should Be Promoting Sustainable Transportation."

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