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EPA Recognizes Best Workplaces for Commuters from the Fortune 500 Companies

Release Date: 09/29/2004
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John Millett 202-564-7842 /

(Bethesda, Md. – September 29, 2004) EPA is announcing its first list of Best Workplaces for Commuters from the FORTUNE 500 companies. Sixty-nine companies are being recognized for their environmental commitment to reducing air pollution and their role in easing traffic congestion caused by so many vehicles on our nation’s roads.

The Best Workplaces for Commuters program recognizes employers that are leaders in offering superior commuter benefits, such as subsidized transit or vanpool passes, telework programs, or shuttles, to their employees.

Americans spend an average of 46 hours each year stuck in traffic. Gridlock produces more than $63 billion in congestion costs per year. Companies that offer commuter benefits help curb these costs and make a significant contribution to the health and welfare of their employees.

The companies being recognized today have met the National Standard of Excellence, extending outstanding commuter benefits to more than 400,000 employees across the country. In addition, EPA is showcasing its “Top 20 List.” The list highlights the twenty Best Workplaces for Commuters from the Fortune 500 companies having the highest percentages of employees eligible for these commuter benefits in their U.S. workplaces.

First on the Top-20 List is Intel Corporation. Intel earned its place on the list by offering a high caliber of commuter benefits to 92 percent of the company’s workforce.

With more than 400,000 employees taking part, the program has reduced approximately 186,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, the equivalent of taking 41,000 cars per year off the road.

To qualify as one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters, employers must provide:
      • At least one primary commuter benefit, such as a monthly transit/vanpool pass subsidy or a significant telecommuting program;
      • At least three supporting commuter benefits, such as carpool/vanpool incentives, lockers/showers for bikers or walkers, compressed/flexible work schedules, or on-site daycare;
      • A central point of contact, who actively informs employees of available commuter benefits; and
      • Access to a regional or employer-provided Emergency or Guaranteed Ride Home Program.

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The list of the Top 20 companies follows:
Top 20 Best Workplaces for Commuters
from the Fortune 500 Companies
      1 Intel
2 Fannie Mae
3 Cisco Systems
5* Sun Microsystems
5* Oracle
7 Advanced Micro Devices
8 Texas Instruments
9 Safeco
10 EMC
11 Hewlett-Packard
12 Apple Computer
13 Devon Energy
14 Nike
15 Reliant Energy
16 International Business Machines
17 Wyeth
18 Wellpoint Health Networks
19 Dynegy
20 El Paso

*Note: Sun Microsystems and Oracle were tied in their percentages, and are both rated as fifth.

Complete List of Best Workplaces for Commuters
from the Fortune 500 Companies
      Advanced Micro Devices
Amerada Hess
American Electric Power
Apple Computer
Baker Hughes
Bank of America
Berkshire Hathaway (GEICO Direct and Johns Manville)
Best Buy
Capital One Financial
CenterPoint Energy
Cisco Systems
Delta Air Lines
Devon Energy
Duke Energy
El Paso
Fannie Mae
General Motors
Hilton Hotels
Ingram Micro
International Business Machines
Kinder Morgan Energy
Lockheed Martin
Marathon Oil
Mellon Financial Corp.
New York Life Insurance
Northwest Airlines
Occidental Petroleum
Office Depot
Phelps Dodge
Pitney Bowes
Reliant Energy
SBC Communications
Southern Company
State Farm Insurance
Sun Microsystems
Texas Instruments
US Airways Group
Verizon Communications
Walt Disney
Washington Mutual
Waste Management
WellChoice (Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield)
Wellpoint Health Networks
Wells Fargo