Employee commuting programs
Mass transit | Vans and carpools | Shuttles | Cycling | On-site facilities and services | Work flexibility | Education
Throughout the world, employees' transportation needs vary depending on their work location, proximity to congested areas, distance from home to work and individual circumstances.
Our headquarters and some manufacturing sites are located in Dallas, Texas, which sits within a region the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated a "nonattainment area" under the Clean Air Act (the region fails to meet the federal air-quality standard for ozone air pollution). Our site in Santa Clara, Calif., is also located in a nonattainment area.
Because North Texas is where our single largest employee population resides, we voluntarily and aggressively promote reasonable alternatives to driving to work alone through our Commute Solutions program. The program subsidizes vanpools and mass transit and offers bicycle-friendly amenities, shuttle service between sites and flexible work options, among other benefits. This is one way we are voluntarily doing our part to reduce congestion and contribute to better air quality.
A Commute Solutions team leads this program in North Texas, manages global activities such as Bike to Work Day, and helps facilitate relevant site commute solutions as needed. Some larger sites globally also have employee trip coordinators, who engage and educate employees to increase participation in alternative transportation programs.
Additionally, some employees serve as bicycling champions. In Taiwan, for example, one employee formed a cycling club after pedaling across China. He actively recruits colleagues to participate.
We began subsidizing mass transit passes for Dallas-area employees in 2005 to encourage their use of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) light rail train or bus, as well as the Trinity River Express bus and train system and the Denton A train. The availability of subsidized passes and the opening of light rail stations near our facilities increased Dallas employees' use of mass transit exponentially.
Van and carpools
Vanpools provide a low-cost alternative for many North Texas employees to commute to work, as they split the cost of gas and tolls. DART and Enterprise Leasing manage the vanpool program; we subsidize the cost and pay for excess mileage charges. The vans transport 10 to 15 employees, which removes the equivalent of up to 14 cars and subsequent emissions from the road per van.
Volunteer vanpool captains drive the vehicles and are responsible for maintenance and cleaning. Our vanpools are qualified to use high-occupancy vehicle lanes and receive premium parking spaces, thus getting employees to work faster, rested and with less hassle.
Other employees carpool to work. They can find other carpoolers through our ridesharing match database and/or the North Texas Council of Governments' ride-sharing match service. In the Philippines, Malaysia, China and Mexico, we provide buses and jeeps to ferry employees to and from work.
At campuses in Dallas and Plano, Texas, employees can take advantage of free on-call shuttles when they need to travel between buildings, or when they arrive or depart from nearby mass-transit stations. At our main campus, shuttles also provide employees with drop-off and pick-up service to nearby businesses.
We began encouraging employees to bike to work about a decade ago, when we held our first Bike to Work Day for Dallas-area employees. That program has since expanded internationally.
For employees who live in congested areas (such as Chengdu, China) or relatively near our facilities, bicycling to work is an inexpensive, clean and easy way to commute. Facilities in Tucson, Ariz., Fort Collins, Colo., and Plano, Texas, are located near city-supported bicycle routes that provide employees safe paths for commuting.
With the increase in employee interest, sites are beginning to install bike racks and other facilities to accommodate cyclists. In France, for example, cyclists have their own changing room and lockers, and roads have improved there to make cycling safer. Employees also can reserve a locker or make suggestions for cycling programs online
For our efforts in support of cycling, the League of American Bicyclists designated TI a "Bicycle-Friendly Business."
On-site facilities and services
Some transportation strategies have nothing to do with wheels. For example:
Where transportation is needed, we continue growing as a bicycle-friendly business. For example:
- To reduce lunch-hour trips, we offer on-site cafeterias, gyms and ATMs.
- We encourage teams to use WebEx or other video-conferencing systems to reduce travel to meetings.
- Our on-site concierge service assists U.S. employees with reservations, event planning and many other needs. They also offer products for sale on the premises, such as tickets, gifts and discount cards, to cut down on employee errands.
- Our site in Chengdu, China, and three campuses in Texas offer covered parking for bicycles. Covered parking for mopeds, scooters and motorcycles is available in Chengdu, as well as our sites in Taipei, Taiwan, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
- Some facilities, including our headquarters, have:
- On-site showers for employees who bike or walk to work.
- An electric vehicle recharging infrastructure.
- Preferential parking spaces for vanpools, carpools and low-emission vehicles.
- Bike entrances and connections to footpaths/bike trails.
- Bike repair stations.
Where possible, we provide flexible work options for employees to make commuting less stressful or to eliminate it altogether. We know that we can achieve the best results if all employees, as their position permits, can work at the times and locations that best promote creativity, quality, teamwork and productivity. We believe that what is produced is more important than when or where it is achieved.
Employee engagement and education are integral to the success of our Commute Solutions programs globally. To make commuting easier, our global Commute Solutions website offers:
Employees can contact the Commute Solutions team to ask questions, share concerns or make recommendations. Additionally, during high-ozone days, we post signs at facility entrances to encourage employees to be cognizant of the current air-quality conditions and to use alternative forms of transportation.
- A ride-sharing match database.
- Bus and shuttle schedules.
- Tips on how to reduce trips during the day.
- Information about flexible work options.
- Notices about bicycling workshops and events.
- The location of bicycle-related amenities, such as bike racks, showers or bike repair stations at different sites.