EPA Ranks Companies on Commuter Benefits

October 26, 2006 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its list of Best Workplaces for Commuters, ranking Fortune 500 companies on the percentage of their US workforce eligible for commuter benefits that meet the EPA's National Standard of Excellence.

At the top of the list for 2006 was Intel, with 94% of its US workforce eligible for commuter benefits. Intel offers employees a universal vanpool and transit subsidy program ($30 per month) and Emergency Ride Home services, according to the EPA. In addition, Intel’s intranet includes a section for commuters. The EPA also noted that last year 40% of Intel’s employees teleworked.

Ranking number two on the EPA’s list was Microsoft, with 91% of its employees eligible for commuter benefits. Its benefits include providing a FlexPass free of charge to all employees in the Seattle area, good for all rides on two major transit services, as well as a $65 vanpool subsidy.

Google and Oracle tied for third place on the list, with an 86% eligibility rate. Both companies provide shuttle services to employees.

As gas prices have hit record highs, a recent survey found many employers adding benefits to help workers cope (See HR Execs Fret about Gas Price Hikes’ Effects ).

The EPA’s list of the 20 Best Employers for Commuters is here .