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.
As an employer in Arlington, Virginia your business can be recognized and rewarded for your dedication to sustainable transportation programs.
Through your partnership with Arlington Transportation Partners (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.
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George Mason University, established as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1957, gained independent university status in 1972 by an act of the Virginia General Assembly.
By developing the concept of the distributed university, Mason created an integrated network of campuses in Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince William counties, each with a distinctive academic focus that plays a critical role in its region. The Arlington Campus programs emphasize law, policy, economics, conflict resolution, social work, nonprofit management, initiatives in educational transformation, and global studies.
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.
The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) supports Airmen and enhances the Air Force mission by providing emergency financial assistance, educational support, and community programs. AFAS is also committed to providing the best experience for employees. To this end, they provide a monthly subsidy for commuting by transit, $500 annual fitness center reimbursement as well as on-site shower facilities, and a formal telework program with over 80% employee participation. With 42% of staff choosing a mode other than driving alone to work, they are an example of what makes Arlington County a great place to work.
CNA Corporation is a not-for-profit organization based in Arlington, VA, that conducts research for U.S. government agencies, including the Departments of Defense, Education, Homeland Security, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Coast Guard. Major areas of research include national security, international relations, military manpower and readiness, education, technology and systems.
Diplomatic Language Services provides foreign language learning through specialized courses tailored to each student’s goals and preferences. They provide instruction to individuals, corporations, and goernment agencies. As a member of the Champions program, DLS is proud to offer its employees discounted Capital Bikeshare memberships through its CaBi corporate membership.
FI Consulting combines analytical expertise and financial knowledge with an awareness of how to best leverage technology when developing or changing financial models and other complex applications. FI Consulting provides cost-effective, transparent, thoroughly documented, and scalable solutions, built with a vision of how they will evolve over time to meet your changing needs. The company offers their employees a pre-tax transit benefit.
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.
GDIT 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.
GDIT 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, GDIT provides discounted memberships to employees through Capital Bikeshare’s Corporate Membership program.”
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.
Keppler Speakers is the go-to source for a diverse range of world-class speakers – real people who tell real stories with real impact. Located across from the Clarendon Metro Station, Keppler Speakers offers a variety of transit benefits to its employees such as a pre-tax transit benefits, formal telework policy, flexible work schedule and more! We look forward to working with Keppler this year.
Marymount University is a comprehensive, coeducational Catholic located in Arlington, Virginia. Marymount offers bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in a wide range of disciplines and has a diverse and welcoming academic community. Marymount University offers a wide range of transportation benefits to their employees and students including a shuttle bus from Ballston Metro to the main campus, pre-tax transportation benefits (to staff), bicycle infrastructure and support, and more.
The internationally known brand, Nestlé, moved its US offices from Glendale, California to Arlington, Virginia in 2017. The presence of outstanding sustainable commute options and a large pool of local talent helped them decide to move to the area. Since arriving, and with the help of Arlington Transportation Partners, they have developed a commuter benefits program that encourages the use of public transit, biking, and walking. As their employee population grows they are looking to implement carpool, vanpool, and other ridesharing options to ensure employees have every option available to get to work.
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 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.
Virginia Hospital Center has provided exceptional medical services to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for 70 years and recently was named one of America’s 100 Top Hospitals® (for the second year in a row) and 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics.
Designated as a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, it is a 342-bed not-for-profit, teaching facility offering comprehensive healthcare and multiple, independently recognized Centers of Excellence including: Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery, the Reinsch Pierce Family Center for Breast Health, Neuroscience/Stroke, Oncology, Orthopedics (Total Joint Replacement Services), Bariatric Surgery, Palliative Care, Inpatient Rehab, Wound Healing & Hyperbaric, Emergency Services, Women & Infant Health and Urology.
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.
Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) is a technology solutions company providing transaction settlement and data information services. Airlines, travel agencies, Corporate Travel Departments (CTD), railroads, and other travel suppliers process more than $84 billion annually through ARC’s world-class settlement system – making it the financial backbone of travel distribution.
The American Society of Transplant Surgeons represents approximately 1,800 professionals dedicated to excellence in transplantation surgery. Our mission is to advance the art and science of transplant surgery through leadership, advocacy, education, and training. To learn more, visit ASTS.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ASTS values healthy lifestyles for its employees, and is proud to be a Walking Workplace, offer Capital Bikeshare corporate memberships, support flex scheduling and telework, and a pre-tax transit benefit.
The Ballston BID is a 25 block neighborhood of commercial and residential properties. With over 8.3 million square feet of office space, 1 million square feet of retail space and 8,000 residential units, Ballston offers a range of market-rate options. To support this, Ballston offers its residents, visitors and tenants a wide variety of transit options such as Ballston Metro Station (serviced by Orange and Silver Lines), Capital Bikeshare stations, dedicated bike lanes and a bus hub, which is home to several ART and Metro bus stops.
The Ballston BID is committed to engaging the employers in the neighborhood by partnering with ATP on National Walking Day, Bike to Work Day and other Champions events.
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.
EagleBank was founded on the realization that banks were largely failing their communities because they were simply not part of them. With the desire to change that they started a new standard for banking and have become the go-to-community bank in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. Located a block from the Ballston Metro Station, EagleBank offers its customers a variety of services that include online and mobile banking, commercial loans & lines of credit and treasury management.
Hanover Research is a global information services firm providing knowledge support to both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Through their unique, fixed-fee model they deliver customized, timely, and authoritative research and advice enabling their clients to make informed decisions, identify and seize opportunities, and heighten their effectiveness. The company offers robust benefits to employees that include a pre-tax transit subsidy, a formal telework policy and subsidized gym membership to Golds and Washington Sports Club.
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.
HDA is the national association representing primary healthcare distributors, the vital link between the nation’s pharmaceutical manufacturers and healthcare providers. HDA 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 HDA’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 National Association of Chain Drug Stores is a relatively recent addition to the Arlington business community and chose its current office in Rosslyn largely due to its proximity to both the Rosslyn and Courthouse Metro stations. While in Alexandria, NACDS offered free parking to employees but they have switched to paying $75/month toward employees’ parking costs and $130/month toward employees’ SmartBenefits transit accounts. NACDS is a role model for how to begin to shift company culture away from drive-alone commuting and toward a holistic view that considers all modes of commuting. In addition to its stellar transit benefit, the company also offers an informal telework policy, flex time scheduling, and invaluable bike amenities like secure storage, lockers, and showers.
NatureServe is a non-profit organization that provides high-quality scientific expertise for conservation. Their dynamic and impactful data, tools, and resources help guide conservation action where it’s needed most. NatureServe envisions a world where decision-makers fully understand the importance of science in identifying and protecting our precious animals, plants, and ecosystems.
NatureServe offers its employees a combination of a direct and pre-tax transit benefit to encourage the use of public transit. They also have a shower facility on site for their bike commuters. The shower facility was added when they remodeled their suite a few years back especially for their bike commuters. Informal telework, flex time and staggered work schedule are some of the additional benefits that NatureServe offers its employees to make commuting easy.
Navy Federal Credit Union is an armed forces bank serving the Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, DOD and their families. Located in transit friendly Ballston, the bank offers a direct transit subsidy to employees who commute to work using public transit.
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.
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 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.
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 Convention Store (TCS) provides transportation system design and management for conventions, trade shows, sporting events, airports, parking facilities, and special events. The company thoroughly understands the needs of its clients and tailors the management team and staff to meet those needs. No matter how small or large an event is, TCS is the one-stop-shop for transportation needs. TCS was a slam dunk for the Champions program given its thorough understanding of the local transportation systems. TCS offers a subsidized transit benefit, carsharing memberships, and SmarTrip cards to employees and has a flex time and telework policies in place. Upon joining the Champions program, ATP helped the company apply and earn the Best Workplaces for Commuters designation!
The Virginia Department of Corrections is a model correctional agency and a proven innovative leader in the profession. Their mission is to enhance public safety by controlling and supervising sentenced offenders in a humane, cost-efficient manner, consistent with sound correctional principles and constitutional standards. Virginia is a safer place to live and work because the Department provides exemplary services and programs for the rehabilitation and supervision of offenders.
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.
AAMVA represents the state and provincial officials in the United States and Canada who administer and enforce motor vehicle laws and highway safety. AAMVA is a nonprofit organization developing model programs in motor vehicle administration, law enforcement and highway safety. The association also serves as an information clearinghouse in these areas, and acts as the international spokesman for these interests. AAMVA offers a combination of a pre-tax benefit and direct subsidy for employees to use on transit for their commute. In addition, the office has bike racks, showers, and is conveniently located two blocks from Ballston 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.
Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, Conservation International empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity. Conservation International offers a wide range of transportation benefits to employees, including Capital Bikeshare corporate memberships, telework and flex scheduling, pre-tax transportation benefits, bicycle infrastructure and support, and more.
Doorways for Women and Families creates pathways out of domestic violence and homelessness leading to safe and stable lives. Doorways for Women and Families offer a monetary incentive for not driving (parking) to staff and provide information about alternative transportation options in their office.
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.
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 transportation staff at Temple Army Readiness Center 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!
After completing BRONZE, SILVER, and GOLD Levels, complete three additional actions:
- Complete four additional GOLD or SILVER Level items (at least two must be GOLD Level)
- Offer a direct or combination transportation benefit
- Utilize Modeify to identify commuting opportunities at your worksite
- Implement a new program or benefit, based on transportation survey
- Complete a comprehensive, research-based case study
- Form a new vanpool or add three riders to existing vanpools via Vanpool Connect
- Provide or subsidize shuttle service, current transit route, or Capital Bikeshare station
- Provide a financial incentive for biking and/or walking
- Achieve or maintain a Bicycle Friendly Business designation
- Refer a new employer to Champions and receive credit after their enrollment meeting
- Sponsor an ATP event
- Install transportation display and/or real-time digital screen
Champions 2019 activities must be completed by November 29, 2019.
After completing BRONZE and SILVER Levels, complete three actions:
*Site plan properties must be in compliance with County requirements to achieve Gold Level or higher.
- Conduct an employee commute and benefits survey, discuss recommendations
- Offer up to $265/month pre-tax transportation benefit
- Create or maintain a formalized telework program
- Host vanpool formation meetings
- Provide lockers and showers in office suite or subsidize gym memberships for active commuters
- Offer a year-round 4/10 or 9/80 compressed work schedule
- Provide annual Capital Bikeshare corporate memberships
- Have ATP host a training for managers at your worksite
- Invite a colleague from another Arlington County business to an ATP educational event
- Achieve a Commuter Connections Employer Recognition Award
- Additional unique program as determined by ATP representative
After completing BRONZE Level, complete three actions:
- Pilot a telework program
- Offer equitable benefits for parking and transit
- Achieve a Best Workplaces for Commuters designation
- Offer a seasonal compressed work schedule or early release
- Allow commuters free access to showers and lockers
- Set up a carsharing (Zipcar, car2go, etc.) discount for employees
- Set up a Lyft or Uber business account
- Adopt an ART bus stop
- Share Champions logo and sustainable transportation initiatives on company website
- Provide free SmarTrip cards for new employees
- Invite ATP to a wellness or benefits fair
- Have ATP host an employee event at your worksite
- Participate in/promote at least one of the following events
- National Walking Day (April)
- Bike to Work Day (May)
- Our Shared Street Pop-Up (August)
- Car Free Day (September)
- Participate in at least one ATP program
- Commute map
- Feedback survey
- Focus group
Complete these actions:
- Host an enrollment and a follow-up Champions meeting
- Distribute employee transportation packets
- Promote at least two transportation options or programs to employees
- Capital Bikeshare
- Public transportation
- Vanpool Connect
Champions will receive the following Level specific rewards for their level of participation in 2019. Champions 2019 activities must be completed by November 29, 2019.
- Invitation to our annual Champions banquet
- Featured Champion on ArlingtonTransportationPartners.com
- Access to Champions toolkit (logos, press releases, case studies)
- Receive framed Champions award certificate and decal
- Invitation to ATP networking events
- Social media support on Twitter and Facebook
- All BRONZE Level rewards
- Recognition in WTOP publication
- Recognition from local Business Improvement District
- Recognition in Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s Arlingtonian newsletter
- All BRONZE and SILVER Level rewards
- Recognition in an Arlington Economic Development Publication
- Opportunity to be featured as Champion of the Month on ArlingtonTransportationPartners.com
- Recognition in Washington Business Journal
- Recognition on LinkedIn
- All BRONZE, SILVER, and GOLD Level rewards
- Exclusive invite to and recognition at annual Arlington County Board Meeting
- Recognition in County-wide press release
- Recognition in Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) publication
- Recognition of business in/on transit and associated locations