Employee Transportation Champions Crowned


Award recognizes commitment to promoting, advancing commuter option

Brian Wilson 
Sonya Landrum

Arlington, Texas – Try Parking It recently recognized employee transportation champions and employers for going the extra mile to promote alternatives to driving alone. The Try Parking It Employee Transportation Champion of the Year Award recognizes individuals who best demonstrate a commitment to promoting and advancing commuter transportation options at their worksite.  Employee transportation coordinators in the public, private and education sectors were rewarded for their encouragement of carpooling, bicycling, walking, transit, telecommuting and compressed work schedules.
The 2018 Try Parking It Employee Transportation Champions of the Year winners were:
·         Education sector Sandy Bauman, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth
·         Private sector – Kendra Beseler and Ty Munger, Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., Plano
·         Public sector – Kevin Overton and Brittany Hailey, City of Dallas

Bauman has worked as the Sustainability Coordinator for the past six years with UNTHSC, a campus with an enrollment of more than 2,000 students. Although her job responsibilities involve making environmental improvements on campus while engaging the campus community, Bauman has initiated and managed various events, programs, and initiatives that involve alternative commute transportation options. Among her accomplishments was the creation of a Transit 101 class. This course teaches students and employees how to ride public transportation in Fort Worth. They provide each class participant with riding tips and information; and conduct practice runs from Campus to Montgomery Plaza and back again. Because of Bauman’s continued efforts as a transit advocate, the Sustainability Committee funds 75 percent of the cost of transit passes for university staff and students.
Beseler and Munger created and manage Commute@Liberty, Liberty Mutual’s official commute program. The program offers employees several alternatives to driving alone, including priority parking for those who share rides, pre-tax transportation subsidies, bicycle storage options, showers and locker rooms. Telecommuting and compressed work weeks are also available to employees of the insurance company. The program focuses on educating employees about alternatives to driving alone and promotes both public and company resources available to them. Liberty Mutual campuses across the nation have tailored commuter programs available based on employee need and location.
Overton and Hailey manage the City of Dallas’ Alternative Commute Program which encourages over 13,000 city employees to use alternatives to driving alone. Alternative commute options available to city staff include public transportation, carpooling, bicycling, electric vehicle/hybrid fleet vehicles, telecommuting and flexible work schedules.  Between 2015 and 2017, city of Dallas staffers reduced nearly 6.5 million vehicle miles of travel. This resulted in an estimated emissions saving so nearly 3,140 tons of carbon dioxide and 16 tons of ozone precursor emissions. 
Another way Try Parking It contributes to cleaner air is through various challenges throughout the year. In May, North Texans were encouraged to participate in the Try Parking It Bike Everywhere Challenge. Held during Bike Month, the challenge awarded prizes to the top three participants in two categories. The results were:
Most Bike Miles Traveled
First Place: Emmanuel Martinez Fort Worth – 288 Miles
Second Place: Matthew Mortimer – Dallas – 253 Miles
Third Place: Blake Mauldin – Dallas – 246 Miles
Most Bike Trips Taken
First Place: Chae Mortimer – Dallas – 132 Trips
Second Place: Jeff Keehn – Dallas – 97 Trips
Third Place: Evelia Zalazar Fort Worth – 91 Trips
About the North Central Texas Council of Governments:
NCTCOG is a voluntary association of local governments established in 1966 to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit and coordinating for sound regional development. NCTCOG's purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication and make joint decisions.
NCTCOG serves a 16-county region of North Central Texas, which is centered on the two urban centers of Dallas and Fort Worth. Currently, NCTCOG has 238 member governments including
16 counties, 169 cities, 22 school districts and 31 special districts. For more information on the NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit www.nctcog.org/trans.
About TryParkingIt.com:
TryParkingIt.com is the region’s official ride-matching and commute-tracking website, assists users in locating traditional carpool and vanpool matches along with matching commuters with biking, walking, or transit buddies. The site also enables commuters to track their alternative commute activities and receive an estimate of miles saved, trips reduced, harmful emissions reduced, calories burned, and money saved as a result of the chosen alternative commute option. With every logged alternative commute, website users earn points that can be used to enter contests or purchase rewards on the site. Website rewards are provided by Try Parking It G.R.E.E.N. Reward Partners