Smart Commute programs and servicesThe Westchester’s SMART COMMUTE Program is available free of charge to all employers and building owners/managers in the County as part of Westchester County and the New York State's commitment to reducing congestion on our roadways and improving the quality of the air we breathe. The program is designed to encourage and support companies whose employees are looking for alternatives to getting to work rather than driving alone. 

Our SMART COMMUTE Team can fully explain how to implement programs such as:

Flex Time
An Alternative Work Schedule Program (compressed work week, flextime, staggered hours) can be beneficial in a number of ways, particularly to reduce peak rush hour congestion on our roadways.  It can provide versatility and enable employees to more conveniently use transit and rideshare options, as well as avoid traffic congestion and transit crowding.  It can also be an attractive employee recruitment tool that allows employees to work around childcare or school schedules.  Employees tend to view Alternative Work Schedule programs as a highly desirable benefit.

Carpooling
This SMART COMMUTE choice reduces the number of cars on the road and in your company parking lot.  Sharing a ride can save an employee up to $1,500 a year by lowering gasoline bills, insurance costs and car maintenance.

Carpooling can be encouraged through computerized matching of riders with the same needs and through company involvement in ridesharing programs. 

For more information and assistance about helping employees who may be interested in carpooling, visit 511NYRideshare.

Vanpooling
Full-size vans and minivans carrying 5–15 passengers are the next step up from carpools.  The vehicles may be company owned or leased from a private vanpool company.

511NYRideshare provides full assistance to employees within a company who wish to form a vanpool by holding information and organizational meetings.  At these meetings, potential vanpool groups are identified, routes are planned and the program and commitment are fully explained. 

Walking/Bicycling
Approximately five percent of the population live within walking distance of their work location and 20 percent live within biking distance. Walking or biking need not be done on a daily basis to be a valuable commute option; indeed, many employees walk or bike only a few days a week during the warmer months of the year.  Employers interested in promoting walking and biking can do so by providing bicycle storage, showers and locker rooms, and by allowing employees who walk or bike to dress casually on those days.  

To find out more about the trails of Westchester County and see the county's maps of existing and proposed trails and routes

The Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation can provide technical assistance to employers interested in improving pedestrian and bicycle access to their work sites.

Location Assistance
Westchester County possesses a strong network of transit choices serving in our region.  Westchester County operates close to 60 bus routes linked to significant destinations throughout Westchester and also direct service into Manhattan.  Regional bus service provides access from Orange, Rockland, Fairfield, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties.  Additionally, Metro-North provides commuter rail service on their Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Lines to Grand Central Station.

What this means to your company and your employees is that when deciding on a Westchester location to situate your business, we can assist you to find the best, most accessible and commuter friendly location.  Along with the County's Office of Economic Development, Westchester's SMART COMMUTE Program is available to assist your company with this important decision.

Parking Management Strategies
Parking strategies can be structured to provide incentives to employees who carpool or vanpool, or to encourage the use of transit.  Measures can include parking charges, preferential parking for car and vanpools, pre-tax parking benefit, parking cash out, reduced parking costs for car and vanpools, and reduced parking supply.  For more information and to explore possibilities at your work site, contact Westchester’s SMART COMMUTE Program at (914) 995-4444

We can show you how to encourage your employees to use alternative commute methods with services such as:

Guaranteed Ride Program: (GRP)

Guaranteed Ride Program

It happens.  Emergencies and unexpected situations arise.  If you work in Westchester County and commute sustainably by carpool, vanpool, public transit, walking or biking - you could be eligible for the free Guaranteed Ride Program (GRP) offered by 511NY Rideshare.

As a GRP member, if you need to leave work unexpectedly, and can't use your regular mode of commute, the 511NY Rideshare Guaranteed Ride Program will get you to your destination by Lyft, Uber, taxi or public transit - up to $400.00 in total ride credits per year (limits apply).

To see if you qualify, visit 511NYR.org/GRP or contact

As an employer, promoting a Guaranteed Ride Program is a great way to encourage employees to improve their commute by ridesharing or switching to public transportation.  For assistance bringing a rideshare or GRP program to your worksite, please contact .

Trip Planning Request
Your employees can receive an Individual Trip Plan for their commute. This Trip Plan details specific transit routes or other options.  If appropriate, transit timetables are sent out with the Plan. To access this service, contact Westchester’s SMART COMMUTE Program at (914) 995-4444.

Zip Code Employee Survey
The SMART COMMUTE Team will provide your company with a survey of where your employees reside using a zip-code locational software program. Once completed, patterns are detected that help develop and identify potential commuting partners from  amongst all of your employees.

Commute Information Rack Program
Commute Information Racks are display units, large or small depending on your needs, that are filled with transit schedules and other alternative commute brochures appropriate to your work site. Keeping your rack stocked and up to date is simple and  is a free service provided by the County of Westchester's SMART COMMUTE Program. 

Transportation Fair
As part of Westchester’s SMART COMMUTE Program we will provide a Transportation Fair, tailored to your location, at your work site. 

An information table, for example, can be set up in a common area of your worksite during lunch hours where employees can learn about their commute options in a casual  atmosphere.

The Smart Commute Division of the Department of Transportation will provide fliers to promote the Fair prior to the selected date and will set up on the day of the event.  Employers are expected to encourage their employees to use alternative modes of transportation and encourage participation at these events.

At Transportation Fairs, employees have the opportunity to:

  • Talk to Mass Transit Representatives to learn about commute options and plot a route tailored to their individual needs.
  • Find a carpool partner with the 511NYRideshare System.
  • Pick up current schedules for buses, trains, and route maps.
  • Learn how alternative modes of transportation can help save time and money, reduce stress, reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a better quality of life.

It’s that simple. It’s fun. It’s a valuable benefit. It’s free. Call (914) 995-4444 for further information or contact us at .