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CFRPC Receives National Designation as Best Workplaces for Commuters in 2017

Bartow, FL (April 12, 2017) – At the meeting of the Central Florida Regional Planning Council (CFRPC) on April 12, 2017, in Wauchula, FL the Council was presented with the 2017 Best Workplaces for Commuters national recognition. This designation recognizes employers that offer exceptional employer-provided commuter benefits that meet National Standard of Excellence criteria.

“The CFRPC is 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. By offering a range of commuter benefits, the CFRPC gives its employees the support they need to get to and from work so they can be at their best. These benefits are good for the agency and its employees.”

The CFRPC is among only 228 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. The CFRPC offers employees several commuter benefit options, including:

  • Teleworking program, which reduced 8.4 percent of all employee commute trips
  • Flexible work hours, which allows staff to avoid peak travel periods reducing commute time and traffic congestion
  • Emergency Ride Home program
  • Compressed work schedules, which reduced an additional 1 percent of all employee commute trips
  • A bicycle friendly workplace

“We are extremely proud of our progressive commuter benefit program that save employees time, money and stress,” said Pat Steed, executive director of the CFRPC. “Our benefits certainly give us a competitive edge in employee recruitment and retention.”

The Central Florida Regional Planning Council’s (CFRPC) primary mission is to provide support to the citizens and local governments of our region and to seek ways to improve the quality of life of the citizens of the Heartland through technical assistance to local governments, transportation planning, emergency preparedness and economic development coordination.

About Best Workplaces for Commuters

Best Workplaces for CommutersSM 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 228 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: