Planning in Progress
by Brittany Brothers, Communications & Outreach Coordinator Maryland Department of Transportation, with Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Commuter Choice Maryland program (CCMD), which helps mitigate traffic congestion and promote alternative commuting options, has been working hard to expand its services. CCMD is excited to announce the new CCMD Partner Program and is seeking employers (e.g., state and local organizations, nonprofits, and private sector companies) across Maryland who may be interested in becoming partners.
Through the program, CCMD will help promote employee commuter benefits and recognize employers across the state who are leaders in supporting these benefits, along with alternative commuting options. As CCMD partners, these employers will help Maryland achieve important goals such as reduced traffic congestion, cleaner air, fewer greenhouse gas emissions, as well as increased economic opportunity.
“Commuter options such as transit, carpools, vanpools, biking, walking, and teleworking are all important elements in our toolbox to reduce congestion, grow our economy, and improve the quality of life for all Marylanders,” states MDOT Secretary Greg Slater. “Partnerships between MDOT, employers, and their workers are critical to achieve these goals. The new Commuter Choice Maryland Partner Program will help us forge these partnerships and celebrate the success stories we’re seeing every day.”
Maryland employers who participate in the CCMD Partner Program will also receive benefits such as: guided support; a custom transportation plan and employee travel behavior survey; and recognition featuring their success stories via online outreach platforms and/or future webinar spotlights. Many employers who provide employee commuter benefits, such as flexible commuting schedule during off-peak hours, have already begun sharing their resulting successes in attracting and retaining top talent.