TDM organizations are tapping into the motivating power of recognition as a means of building interest in and commitment to commuter transportation. One well-established program is Best Workplaces for Commuters, sponsored by the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida. Since 2002, the program has offered support services to help workplaces create and sustain commuter benefit programs as well as recognition of exceptional programs. Organizations which provide commuter benefits that result in at least 14% of their employees no longer driving alone to and from work within a 12-month period are eligible to apply for inclusion on the annual list of Best Workplaces for Commuters. The 2017 list names 231 U.S.-based companies.
A newer program, Champions, created by Arlington Transportation Partners and supported by Arlington County Commuter Services, began in 2013 with 31 Champions and has grown to 221 Champions in 2016. The program recognizes different levels of achievement, starting with the Bronze level, which requires sharing information about transportation options for employees (or residents or tenants, as the case may be). Increasing commitment to the Silver level involves a short-term activity such as hosting a transportation event. Gold level Champions implement programs that directly benefit individuals (such as a pre-tax transportation benefit), and Platinum level Champions prioritize work/life balance and sustainable transportation through additional, concrete benefits. Also, go here for a second category of awards and here for a third.
Another regional program is the Massachusetts ECO Awards, which has celebrated large and small employers who have offered and rewarded sustainable transportation choices for seven years. In 2016, there were more than 220 Excellence in Commuter Options Award winners, in addition to three individuals who were presented with the first TDM Champion Awards. The 2017 awards will be presented on April 12 at historic Fenway Park.