Employee safety concerns signal a shift away from public transit

As employers navigate through what it means to return employees safely to the workplace, physical distancing, economic downturn, and an array of socio-economic and logistical conditions are shaping what will become the new norm of workplace operations.

Increasingly at the forefront of these conversations, is the commute. How can employers ensure the safety of employees from the moment they exit the front door to resume their daily trip to the workplace? This is an especially pertinent question among employers in high-density metropolitan areas where a significant portion of employees have historically relied on more dense modes, such as public transportation.

In a recent mobility trends report, Apple data shows that transit usage in the U.S. is down -73% below pre-crisis levels. And Gallup poll data suggest that this trend is unlikely to change, with 90% of Americans reporting they will avoid mass transportation.

Apple is tracking public transit usage during COVID-19

As a result of this exodus, employers can and should anticipate an influx of single-occupancy vehicles. This new shift will place undue strain on cities that depend on transit, communities that have already battled extreme traffic, and employer’s with a history of parking concerns. The latter may be particularly expensive for employers whose facilities were already at parking capacity pre-COVID (Structured parking costs between $25,000 and $50,000 per space).

Gallup is tracking American commuter sentiments around public transit

In parallel, there are many commuters who previously relied on shared modes but lack access to a car. In fact, the number of households without vehicles exceeded 30% of the population before this crisis in major metro areas like San Francisco, Boston, and Washington D.C. And now, with half of Americans reporting that they or someone in their household has either lost hours or a job due to the pandemic, car sales have dropped dramatically leaving many commuters unable to afford a new car despite their aversion to more crowded modes.

The question remains as to how employers can not only provide safe but equitable transportation solutions that can service those whose previous modes of transportation and finances have been impacted by the outbreak.

To provide support, we’re working with employers to provide a safe, reliable, and cost-controlled carpooling alternative that can address:

  1. The need to provide all employees without access to a car with a safe and reliable commute option that is foundational to any return-to-workplace plan.
  2. The need to increase the affordability of the daily commute for the 52% of U.S. employees who say finances are now their biggest concern.
  3. The need to decrease the inflow of single-occupancy vehicles that will ensue as a result of the rapid decline in public transit ridership & impact parking operations.

If your company is searching for a solution to help ensure your workforce has a safe, reliable, and convenient way to get back into the workplace, please reach out to us at—we’re happy to provide you with an overview of how we can support you at this time.

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