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City of Renton Honored for Reducing Traffic Congestion and Air Pollution
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) have recognized the City of Renton as a Best Workplace for Commuters for demonstrating leadership and continued commitment to improving the quality of life of its employees while reducing traffic congestion and related air pollution in the community.
The City provides to its regular employees the following commuter benefits (most as part of the FlexPass program):
- Full-fare travel on King County Metro, Pierce Transit, and Sound Transit buses;
- Full-fare travel on Sound Transit Sounder Commuter Rail;
- Subsidies of up to $65 a month for vanpoolers;
- Incentives of up to $15 a month for carpoolers, walkers and bicycle commuters; and,
- Locker and shower facilities at most employment sites.
"We have a commuter benefits program that helps our employees take advantage of alternatives to driving alone to work, benefiting both our employees and the environment by contributing to a work-life balance, as well as reducing global warming greenhouse gas emissions," said Mayor Kathy Keolker.
Within the State of Washington, Renton joins employers listed such as AETNA, Alaska Airlines, Children’s Hospital, the cities of Bellevue, Issaquah, Mercer Island, Redmond, and Tukwila, Microsoft, Nordstrom’s, PACCAR, and the University of Washington that have also received this commendation.