The transportation staff at Arlington Hall Station are very motivated to find commute alternatives for their service members due to the limited parking capacity of their parking garage. The facility conducted a transportation survey of its staff to better inform the transportation decision making process later on. Also, the National Guard is exploring ways to partner with the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute since they are in the same location and both generate large amounts of vehicle traffic. This collaboration to achieve local traffic relief is the hallmark of a true Champion!
As an employer in Arlington County, your business can be recognized and rewarded for your dedication to sustainable transportation programs.
Through your partnership with ATP, your company will see immediate benefits, including:
- Recruitment and retention of employees
- Operational cost savings
- Improved employee health, well-being and productivity
- Competitive advantage and increased marketability
- Environmental stewardship
As an Employer Champion, you’ll receive great perks and opportunities to be featured around the County. Every Champion is recognized and rewarded; however, the higher your level, the more benefits your company receives.
We are currently welcoming 2017 Champions, enroll now. We are excited to continue to work with employers to take each Champion to the next level.
The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is a public-private partnership established in April 2006 to promote the vibrant Crystal City business, retail, restaurant and residential community. The BID is committed to showcasing the area as a world-class destination for visitors, employees and residents. Crystal City is INNOVATIVE, ACTIVE, ARTFUL, ACCESSIBLE, and GREEN. Not only does the BID promote green transportation options for residents, visitors and businesses, it offers its own employees a transit subsidy, Capital Bikeshare corporate memberships, telework options, and flex scheduling, as well as providing bike facilities. For more information, visit crystalcity.org, like facebook.com/crystalcityva, and follow @ccbid on Twitter.
ERG is a multi-disciplinary consulting company with offices in Arlington, Virginia, and 10 other cities across the country. ERG helps its clients preserve the environment, improve worker protection, ensure the safety of food and drugs, plan sustainable facilities, and achieve other positive outcomes.
ERG currently provides a transit subsidy to employees, and over two-thirds of the staff is permitted to telework, especially with the recently upgraded technology for the office. In addition, ERG is located in the Navy League Building in Courthouse, which has a gym with showers and locker facilities, as well as secure bike parking for bike commuters. Finally, ERG recently began offering discounted carshare memberships with Zipcar to provide another way for employees to get around during and after the workday.
The Hilton Garden Inn Shirlington hotel is conveniently located off I-395 in Shirlington Village. This neighborhood features shops, 20 different restaurants highlighting world cuisines, and the Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre. Within a five-mile radius of the hotel are attractions such as the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery, Old Town Alexandria and numerous historic sites in the nation’s capital, Washington DC. Almost all of the Hilton Garden Inn Shirlington’s employees receive a transit subsidy, can use the hotel shuttle, showers and bike facilities, and some transportation information in Spanish and Amharic is available as well. In addition, the Hilton Garden Inn Shirlington was designated a Best Workplaces for Commuters in 2013.
PBS and its member stations are America’s largest classroom, the nation’s largest stage for the arts and a trusted window to the world. In addition, PBS’s educational media helps prepare children for success in school and opens up the world to them in an age-appropriate way. PBS offers Capital Bikeshare corporate memberships, promotes biking and walking year around and engages employees in numerous other wellness programs.
The Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is the trade association representing manufacturers of HVACR and water heating equipment within the global industry. AHRI is very active in promoting wellness and exercise among their employees – they currently provide free annual Capital Bikeshare memberships to staff and also participate in events including Walk at Lunch Day and Bike to Work Day. AHRI also provides a pre-tax transit benefit for employees to use on their commute by bus or Metro
As a major manufacturer, BAE System’s operations have a significant impact on the environment through the energy and resources we use and the waste we generate. BAE is working to reduce the environmental impact of our operations and helping our customers and suppliers do the same.
Commonwealth Joe, the owners of Arlington’s historic Java Shack, exemplify what it means to be a small business dedicated to promoting transit options. Substantive transit benefits are more uncommon for small companies to implement but Commonwealth Joe has set ambitious goals for this year’s Champions program! The company recently became a Capital Bikeshare Corporate Partner to offer discounted annual bikeshare memberships to its employees. They have one of the first TransitScreen products installed at their front counter and even offer free SmarTrip cards to new employees! The local ART and Metrobus stop was adopted by the company at the outset of Champions to elevate their standing and display their commitment to transit options. By the end of the year, Commonwealth Joe plans to implement a pre-tax transit benefit for employees through SmartBenefits.
The State Department’s Foreign Service Institute (FSI) in South Arlington is a large government facility that has a lot of daily commuters coming from Arlington and the surrounding areas. With so many people traveling to and from FSI every day and the fact that the facility is not located near Metro, this State Department site has the potential to create a lot of congestion on the roads. Fortunately the forward-thinking leadership at FSI and the American Foreign Service Association recognizes this fact and has implemented numerous programs to mitigate single occupancy vehicle use as much as possible. FSI has routine shuttles running to the campus from the Rosslyn Metro and does much to promote the numerous buses coming from the Pentagon, Ballston, and Shirlington. Additionally, leadership at AFSA worked hard to get a Capital Bikeshare station located at one of the facility entrances – the station has proved to be a popular commuting option for nearby employees. FSI utilized ATP to administer a transportation survey of the staff and employees to see what transportation services could be improved upon. The results of this survey were enlightening and provided actionable items for AFSA to work towards.
International Justice Mission is a global organization that protects the poor from violence throughout the developing world. IJM partners with local authorities to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors and strengthen justice systems.
MTB is a Spanish-immersion early enrichment center with a “healthy mind, healthy body” philosophy and a curriculum that prepares the children for kindergarten. Various enrichment programs as well as more traditional hands-on learning are offered, such as art appreciation, music lessons, gardening, and age-appropriate cooking lessons; homemade nutritious meals using fresh ingredients including organic vegetables from the garden are served. The center also has sport activities such as mini soccer, basketball, hockey, golf and baseball camps. The main goal of the center is for children to have fun while exercising and learning. Almost all the employees take public transportation, and are now able to take advantage of their new pre-tax transit benefit option. In addition, employees can take advantage of a variety of resources and shower facilities, and parents can use the “Car Free Near Me” link on the company’s homepage. Maria Teresa’s Babies prides itself on being a community supporter of Arlington’s Car Free lifestyle.
Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR) is an organization devoted to helping those who have been imprisoned to gain and maintain employment. Located in Courthouse, the organization believes in a work-life balance and offers a pre-tax transit benefit, has an informal telework policy and provides flexible schedule to allow employees a better work/life balance.
Phoenix Bikes is a non-profit that seeks to educate youth through bicycling, bicycle maintenance and teamwork exercises. The Youth Education Program looks to provide 12-17-year-olds with the skills needed to maintain and fix bikes. They also serve as a community bike shop, selling refurbished bikes and offering repair services. Being a bike related organization already ranks them high on the Champions radar, but that doesn’t stop them from offering great benefits like nearby showers/changing facilities and a telework program.
The American Waterways Operators is the national advocate for the U.S. tugboat, towboat and barge industry, which serves the nation as the safest, most environmentally friendly, and most economical mode of freight transportation. AWO promotes the long term economic soundness of the industry and works to enhance its ability to provide safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible transportation.
Despite having a small office of only around 20 employees, AWO has shown a commitment to providing the benefits and resources to improve their employees’ commutes. The organization provides direct transit subsidy of up to $130 a month, which half of the staff takes advantage of. There are also showers and bike racks available to use for bike commuters, and the office often participates in events such as Walk at Lunch Day to promote health and wellness among employees.
Founded in 1958, the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) is the largest radiation oncology society in the world, with more than 10,000 members who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies. As a leading organization in radiation oncology, biology and physics, ASTRO’s mission is to advance the practice of radiation oncology by promoting excellence in patient care, providing opportunities for educational and professional development, promoting research and disseminating research results and representing radiation oncology in a rapidly evolving socioeconomic healthcare environment.
ASTRO knows the importance and usefulness of alternative transportation and offers a directly subsidized transportation benefit for those who commute by Metro, train and bus. They also have an extensive telework policy and flexible scheduling to allow employees a better work/life balance.
Busboys and Poets is a community gathering place/restaurant headquartered in Washington, DC with a location in Shirlington. The company was created by Anas “Andy” Shallal, an Iraqi-American artist, activist and restauranteur. Busboys and Poets is leading the pack when it comes to restaurants by offering pre-tax transit benefits to all staff within the organization and sharing transportation information in their break rooms. Visit their site to learn more.
Capital Sports Ventures is a business incubator that focuses on dynamic and cutting edge companies within the sports world. The company is currently doing market research and building strategic partnerships to create the capital region’s largest closed-road bike event. Given CSV’s current bike-oriented project, ATP is thrilled to have them on board with Champions!
CSRA has been dedicated to solving complex mission and efficiency challenges for the U.S. government. From offices and locations around the globe, they support government clients in civilian, defense, health, intelligence, law enforcement and homeland security agencies by delivering IT solutions and professional services in such areas as information technology lifecycle services; cloud and mobile computing; cyber security; solutions development and integration; and, strategy development and organizational change management.
CSRA provides employees with $100 through their commuter benefits program and also offers the $20 bicycle benefit to those who commute to work by bike. They have a formal telework program in place to offer flexibility and save on office space for the 400 employees who work at the Ballston location. Finally, to promote health and wellness among employees, CSRA provides discounted memberships to employees through Capital Bikeshare’s Corporate Membership program.
Definitive Logic delivers performance-driven solutions and services that directly support the strategic intent of our government and commercial customers. We are a community of experts that seek to cultivate the highest level of talent consisting of professionals endeavoring to be recognized as among the best in their field. We strive to offer strong commuter options to benefit our people and the community around us.
Fors Marsh Group is an applied research company that specializes in the business of measuring, understanding, and influencing the way people think and make decisions. They gather data, predict behavior, educate the market, and help clients implement research results to improve their business. To put it simply: Fors Marsh Group helps its clients make evidenced-based decisions to achieve key business objectives. The company has been active in promoting various transportation and commuting options to employees and encourages wellness culture at the office. They provide free Capital Bikeshare memberships to employees, and allow flexible schedules and informal telework for employees. In addition, nearly half of Fors Marsh employees take advantage of a direct transit subsidy up to $130 a month provided by the company.
GHT is a leader in creating sustainable engineering solutions for base buildings and tenant spaces. Located a couple of blocks from the Ballston Metro Station, GHT offers a variety of transit benefits to its employees such as a pre-tax transit subsidy and a formal telework option. For those who chose to bike, GHT Limited’s location is perfect as it is located right off the Custis Trail and the building provides shower access. The company believes in providing a work-life balance for its employees and offers a compressed scheduled; most employees work a 10 X 4 schedule.
HDR is an architectural, engineering and consulting firm. HDR recently located in Clarendon and offers their employees robust transportation benefits that includes a combination of a direct and pre-tax transit subsidy, flexible work hours and an informal telework policy. In their effort to make commuting easy for their employees, HDR has installed a transit screen to share information about the available transit option in real-time.
HDMA is the national association representing primary healthcare distributors, the vital link between the nation’s pharmaceutical manufacturers and healthcare providers. HDMA and its members work daily to provide value and achieve cost savings, an estimated $42 billion each year to our nation’s healthcare system. Over a third of HDMA’s employees participate in the transit benefit subsidy of up to $105 a month provided by the organization, while several employees in the office bike to work and take advantage of the shower facilities provided.
The Hilton Garden Inn in Courthouse is a model employer that goes above and beyond when it comes to considering transportation options for employees and guests. The hotel joined Champions at the Bronze Level and has set an ambitious plan for rising to the Platinum Level before the year end. The big challenge will be getting a transit benefit in place but management at the hotel is engaged and recognizes the numerous benefits that come along with simplified commuting. ATP’s customized Quick Glance is very popular with the front desk staff – they use it all the time to assist hotel guests with their transportation questions! The hotel already has flex time, telework and gym expense reimbursement policies in place so the future certainly looks bright for the Hilton Garden Inn in Courthouse!
The Holiday Inn Arlington is located in Ballston, just three blocks from the Metro Station. The Holiday Inn offers guests and employees a variety of transit options such as Metrorail, Metrobus, ART and Capital Bikeshare. They also offer a complimentary shuttle service to the Metro for guests and visitors.
The Industry Data Exchange Association, Inc. (IDEA) is the official technology service provider and eBusiness standards body of the electrical industry. The company helps thousands of manufacturers and distributors find the most cost-effective methods for running day-to-day business. IDEA’s applications help connect the supply chain and make business processes efficient, easy and enjoyable for people every day. IDEA was founded in 1998 through a partnership rooted in the collective leadership of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) members. Their applications also bring value to vertical markets such as industrial, retail, and consumer-packaged goods.
Metro Offices, located in Ballston, incorporates technological advances and work space design that includes state-of-the-art solutions for mobile workers, teleworkers, distributed workforces and short-term or long-term tenants. This penthouse office location provides easy access to Metrorail, bus, the Custis multi-use trail and several Capital Bikeshare stations. The building also provides free shuttle bus service to the Ballston Metro.
The National Grocers Association (NGA) is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. National Grocers Association offers a pre-tax transit benefit and shares information about alternative transportation options in the office.
Navanti is an applied analytics company, making complex environments accessible through actionable data. We help clients operate in countries across Africa, Eurasia and the Middle East through data analytics, crowdsourcing and custom applied solutions.
Navanti’s clients benefit from our unique data sets, real time analytics and technology enabled solutions.
Our people make the difference. Navanti recruits multi-talented people, who possess a curiosity about the world and a desire to make a positive impact. We celebrate diversity and promote multi-disciplinary approaches. At Navanti, recruits join high-performance teams, enjoy unique career opportunities and work on solving some of the most challenging problems of our times.
In addition to a competitive Health & Wellness Benefits Program, a Professional Development Program and a Wealth & Planning Program, Navanti has also established a Commuting & Workplace Benefits Program to include Commuter Benefits. Regular full-time employees are eligible to participate in the Commuter Benefits Program. Employees in the program receive $50 and can set aside pre-tax money for mass transit and parking expenses through a convenient payroll deduction.
The Professional Services Council (PSC) is the national trade association of the government professional and technical services industry. Solely focused on preserving, improving, and expanding the federal government market for its members, PSC is the most respected industry voice and leader on legislative and regulatory policy issues related to government procurement, outsourcing and related business policy. The organization offers a direct transit subsidy to employees for their commute and has an informal telework policy as well as flex time. PSC is also active in promoting health and wellness and has participated in National Walk at Lunch Day.
Ramboll Enivron is the premier global consultancy, working with clients to manage their most challenging environmental, health and safety issues and attain their sustainability goals. Ramboll Enivron provides a pre-tax transit benefit to employees, showers and bike racks for their bike commuters, promotes health and wellness through their participation in Walk at Lunch Day and shares information about alternative transportation options in the office.
Rosslyn, the urban community that is a gateway from Northern Virginia to Washington DC, is growing by leaps and bounds. The residential population of 11,000 continues to expand as people move into some of Rosslyn’s newer, more modern residences. At the same time, major commercial developments promise an even larger worker population in the neighborhood. Good public transportation systems will continue to play a critical role in ensuring that the community’s growth does not result in gridlock. In addition, the convenience and flexibility of having multiple transportation options has been a key factor in attracting employers, residents, and visitors to Rosslyn. The Rosslyn BID oversees much of the activity in the neighborhood and recognizes the value in programs like Capital Bikeshare corporate membership and SmartBenefits, which are promoted by Champions.
The Smithsonian OCon & PPM office supports Washington DC’s Smithsonian Institution museum system. Employees are offered a range of benefits, including flex-time scheduling, compressed work weeks, telework, shuttles as well as Metro fare between work sites, ATP presentations for employees, walking and biking promotion, and a pre-tax transportation benefit.
Cadmus is a true Champion and offers a ton in the ways of transportation benefits. They have essential bike commuter amenities like showers and locker rooms and even offer their regular bike commuters a $100/year stipend for maintenance and repair on their bikes. Cadmus has many of the bronze and silver tier Champions requirements checked off so they are now looking to solidify their gold requirements. Given their bike amenities and transit benefit, the company is pursuing Bicycle Friendly Business and Best Workplaces for Commuters designations.
The Common Application is a not-for-profit membership organization committed to providing reliable services that promote equity, access and integrity in the college application process. The employees at The Common Application enjoy a variety of transportation benefits such as a pretax transit benefit, flexible time/staggered work schedule, informal telework and more.
The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Nature Conservancy has more than 1 million members and work in all 50 United States and more than 30 countries around the world – protecting habitats from grasslands to coral reefs, from Australia to Alaska to Zambia. The organization promotes sustainable transportation among employees by offering a pre-tax transit benefit, a formal telework program, and provides bicycle facilities such as bike racks, lockers and showers. The Nature Conservancy also actively participates in events such as Bike to Work Day, Car Free Day and even hosted the Ballston pit stop for ATP’s annual National Walk@Lunch Day event.
The Virginia Tech Research Center – Arlington, at 900 N. Glebe Road, is a highly visible state-of-the-art facility designed to further the university’s mission to expand its research portfolio in the National Capital Region. The region offers great opportunity for partnerships with corporate research entities and close proximity to government agencies and other public and private-sector organizations. The building is located in the vibrant Ballston district of Arlington, a short distance from many of the leading science and research agencies of the federal government and many high-technology companies.
After completing BRONZE, SILVER and GOLD Levels, complete this action:
- Offer up to $255/month direct or combination transportation benefit, as defined by the IRS
Complete three additional actions:
- Complete four additional GOLD or SILVER Level items (at least two must be GOLD Level)
- Achieve your company mode shift goals within one year
- Form a new vanpool or add three riders to existing vanpools via Vanpool Connect
- Offer parking cash out
- Provide shuttle service to transit or subsidize/extend a current transit route
- Offer a bike benefit, as defined by the IRS
- Awarded Bicycle Friendly Business designation (any level)
- Provide annual Capital Bikeshare corporate membership (Platinum level)
- Sponsor an ATP event
After completing BRONZE and SILVER Levels, complete this action:
*Site plan employers must be in compliance with County requirements to achieve Gold Level or higher
- Share or update your transportation success story and/or employee highlights with ATP
Complete three additional actions:
- Create company mode shift goals
- Offer up to $255/month pre-tax transportation benefit, as defined by the IRS
- Offer a formalized telework program with assistance from Telework!VA’s experts
- Offer a pre-tax parking benefit, instead of free parking
- Host vanpool formation meetings
- Provide locker/shower facilities on site or subsidize local gym memberships
- Offer a year-round compressed work schedule
- Provide free SmarTrip cards for new employees
- Provide annual Capital Bikeshare corporate membership (Gold level)
- Purchase carsharing business memberships
- Win a Commuter Connections Employer Recognition Award
- Additional unique program as determined by ATP representative
After completing BRONZE Level, complete three actions:
- Identify mode opportunities by creating a density plot map
- Conduct an employee transportation survey
- Pilot a telework program with assistance from Telework!VA experts
- Offer equitable benefits for parking and transit
- Earn Best Workplaces for Commuters designation
- Offer a seasonal compressed work schedule
- Provide annual Capital Bikeshare corporate membership (Bronze, Silver level)
- Set up a carsharing (Zipcar, car2go or Enterprise) or on-demand service (Uber, Lyft) business account
- Adopt an ART bus stop
- Invite ATP to a wellness or benefits events
- Host an employee event with ATP
- Participate in/promote at least one of the following events:
- National Walking Day (April)
- Bike to Work Day (May)
- Car Free Day (September)
- Participate in at least two ATP programs:
- Provide content for blog, monthly newsletter or ATP materials
- Feedback survey
- Focus group
- ATP networking event
Complete these actions:
- Host an enrollment and a follow-up Champions meeting
- Distribute transportation brochures, Quick Glances, Guaranteed Ride Home information to employees
Complete one additional action:
- Promote at least two transportation programs to employees
- Capital Bikeshare
- Carsharing/On-Demand Services (Lyft Line, uberPOOL)
- Public transportation (Metro, bus, train
- Vanpool Connect
- Offer flex time and/or staggered work schedule
- Determine telework eligibility for employees