Transit Use = Healthy Employees, Businesses in Arlington

ATP Business Commuters

This article is adapted from the Arlington Transportation Partners blog.

Last week’s Greater Washington’s Healthiest Employers Awards and Workplace Wellness Expo, hosted by the Washington Business Journal and United Healthcare, recognized 50 companies in the D.C. region.

TDM Takeaway Companies that offer transit options for employees promote a healthier lifestyle that results in improved productivity and workplace satisfaction.

And it is notable that four out of the five “healthiest employers” finalists from Arlington County are also Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP) Champions – a program aimed at recognizing businesses and properties in Arlington, Virginia that have implemented various transportation programs and amenities to improve the commuting options for employees and residents.

301281-300-0Here’s how each of the companies is using transportation demand management to its advantage:

Van Metre Companies, which manages Park Georgetown Apartments in the Rosslyn neighborhood, has added transportation amenities and programs such as bike storage and informational materials that not only encourage a healthier lifestyle, but have helped attract and retain new residents at the community.

Washington Real Estate Investment Trust manages Bennett Park Apartments in Rosslyn. The property has implemented various programs including bike storage, Capital Bikeshare promotions, transportation events, and surveys to better inform the property about the travel preferences of residents.

SRA International’s Ballston location has shown a strong commitment to promoting healthy commuting options and reducing the environmental impact among employees. Through benefits and programs such as Capital Bikeshare memberships, the IRS Bike Benefit, the transit benefit subsidy, and a formal telework program, SRA International has been able to retain quality employees while improving productivity and satisfaction in the office.

Virginia Hospital Center might sound like an obvious choice for a healthy employer award; however, with several thousand employees, the hospital has taken a proactive approach to improving commuting options and encouraging alternative modes of transportation. Hospital employees are able to ride some ART bus routes for free, serving those who travel from the Ballston Metro area. There are also secured bike racks, showers, and locker facilities for employees to use free of charge. The hospital regularly promotes events such as Walk at Lunch Day and Bike to Work Day, and also hosts employee transportation fairs throughout the year.

Through these programs and other wellness initiatives, companies see reduced rates of absenteeism, employees are less stressed and more productive and satisfied during the workday.

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