Commute alternatives for employees

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Alternatives to driving alone include bicycling, carpooling, riding the bus, vanpooling, and walking. Employees using these alternatives can also take advantage of the SAFE-Ride program so you don't have to worry about getting home if you have an emergency or a sudden schedule change.

In addition to the alternatives to driving alone you can explore in the menu at left, you can also consider adjusting your work schedule (with the approval of your superviser):

Compressed Work Schedule

Working a compressed work week may also be an option for you depending on your particular position and the needs of your department. The most common compressed schedule for full-time employees is a 4/10 schedule, and a number of variations exist for part-time employees. Working a compressed workweek requires the approval of your supervisor.


Depending on the nature of your work and the needs of your department, teleworking could be a commute alternative if it eliminates a commute trip on a regularly scheduled workday. Teleworking requires approval from your supervisor. 


The State Agency Free Emergency (SAFE)-Ride is available to state employees in Pierce County who ride the bus, drive or ride in a carpool or vanpool, walk or bike to work. The program is funded through the State Agency Commute Trip Reduction program.

Think of SAFE-Ride as your smart commuting insurance policy. If you come to work by bus, vanpool, carpool, walking or bicycling and have an emergency occur during your work hours – such as a family illness, unexpected overtime or a missed ride – you can take a taxi home and the SAFE-Ride program will pick up the tab (excluding gratuity). SAFE-Ride will pay for up to 65 one-way miles and you may take up to eight (8) trips a year with no more than four (4) for unexpected overtime.