An article in USA today choose Intel as one of the best companies for those commuting to work. According to the article, Intel has chosen because they basically had a car-pool program.
>>>>Eligible incentives included the chance to work from home and financial subsidies for public transit. Companies also had to make sure employees had a ride home in an emergency.<<<<<
The subsidies called "Transit checks" for those taking public transportation is old news. There was no mention of using bicycles as alternative to curb congestion. Furthermore, this type of car-pool subsidy is nothing new and loads of companies have them on the books.
>>>>>More than 75% of U.S. workers get to work by driving alone, compared with 64% in 1980. Average delays per driver in the 85 biggest U.S. cities have risen to 46 hours a year in 2002 from 16 hours in 1982, according to the Texas Transportation Institute.<<<<<
Folks. Eventually these numbers will only get higher. When things get worse, that car-pool program by Intel won't do much for all those commuters.
The article calls Intel, the king of commutes. Here's what makes a company the King of commutes in my opinion. A company that supports it's rail and bus infrastructure with significant donations and community support. It's one that builds bike lockers, secured covered racks and showers for the employees while subsidizing those who cummute by bicycle. It's one that supports legislation that supports "Smart Growth" housing patterns which are denser, closer and affordable. It's a company that uses its' money to block subdivision growth patterns which force people to travel longer while keeping home prices unaffordable.
Intel does none of these things.