Are you afraid that leaving your car at home means you won't get home quickly if an emergency arises? Smart commuters know that carpooling, vanpooling, riding the bus, biking or walking are smart ways to get to work. Now smart commuting is even smarter!
UW Tacoma contracts with Pierce Transit for the Emergency Ride Home as part of our Commute Reduction program. Any day you are a smart commuter and an emergency comes up, you are eligible for a taxi ride home. And best of all, it's absolutely free!
The State Agency Free Emergency (SAFE)-Ride is available to state employees in Pierce County who ride the bus, 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 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 trips a year with no more than four for unexpected overtime.
In addition to the alternatives to driving alone that you can explore on this site, you may also consider adjusting your work schedule.
Note that these options are meant as suggested alternatives to driving alone, and that any and all changes to your work schedule must be discussed with and approved by your supervisor.
Compressed Work Schedule
Working a compressed work week may be an option depending on your particular position and the needs of your department. The most common compressed schedule for full-time employees is a 4x10 schedule (4 days a week, 10 hours per day), and a number of variations exist for part-time employees. This cuts down how many days you have to make your commute.
If you're seeking an alternate work arrangement to help reduce your commute and impact on the environment, UW Tacoma HR can help. Visit their website for more information on proposing a new schedule or work arrangement, including questions to consider before going to your supervisor.
Supervisors may also find resources on managing employees with non-traditional work arrangements.