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Employers - Travel Reduction

Pima Association of Governments' Travel Reduction Program (TRP) supports area employers to encourage employees to use alternative modes of transportation, including carpooling, vanpooling, bicycling, walking or riding the bus. Travel reduction is a travel demand strategy to help reduce congestion in the region to help keep our air clean.

PAG markets travel reduction through Sun Rideshare, a free regional commuter assistance program, that offers an online commuter matching database for those looking to share the ride through carpooling or vanpooling, or seeing information on convenient public transit options.

The use of alternative modes has many benefits for your employees and, in turn, provides value to employers.

Benefits to Employees who use Alternative Modes of Transportation

  • Cost savings from less money spent on gas, insurance and vehicle maintenance, plus employer subsidy if offered
  • Reduced stress from not having to drive or drive alone
  • Healthier lifestyle by using active modes of transportation
  • Connecting with others who share the ride

Benefits to Employers

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Benefits to the Community

  • Reduced congestion
  • Reduced vehicle emissions/improved air quality
  • Collaboration between public and private partners

Sun Rideshare Assistance to Employer Transportation Coordinators

Pima Association of Governments' outreach coordinator reaches out to employer-designated TRP transportation coordinators to offer the following:

  • Support to plan travel demand strategies for your worksite (consultation, program planning and implementation assistance)
  • Support to promote onsite travel reduction promotional events
  • Information about Sun Rideshare services, including transit schedules, bike maps and program brochures
  • Training and ongoing support for transportation coordinators to be effective and productive in their role

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TRP Background and Employer Requirements

Pima County and its municipal jurisdictions adopted travel reduction ordinances in 1988 as a travel demand strategy following a 1985 civil lawsuit (McCarthy vs. Thomas). The lawsuit demanded that the jurisdictions prepare approvable plans, containing all reasonably available control measures to attain the air quality standards at the earliest possible time in order to meet the requirements of the federal Clean Air Act. Participation in the Travel Reduction Program is mandatory for employers that have 100 full-time equivalent employees at a single or contiguous worksite. Employers with fewer than 100 employees can volunteer to participate in the program.

TRP Annual Requirements

  1. Assign a Transportation Coordinator
  2. Disseminate Sun Rideshare information to employees
  3. Submit an Employee Survey every year
  4. Submit an Activity Inventory Report (AIR) every year in May
  5. Notify TRP staff of any changes at the worksite, such as downsizing or transportation coordinator changes

TRP Employee Survey and Regional Travel Demand

TRP employers are required to conduct an employee survey every year. Employees are asked how they get to work in a typical week and how far they drive. Alternative mode usuage is calculated for each worksite based on the number of commute trips where an alternative mode is used. This information is used by PAG for transportation planning to identify and improve travel demand strategies that will improve traffic flow across the region.

TRP Annual Report

Pima Association of Governments submits an annual report to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality each fiscal year to show the use of alt modes by employees of TRP employers, and the resulting  reductions in congestion and harmful  emissions to our air. The report highlights all the activities conducted by the TRP staff, including the survey, and the accomplishments of the Travel Reduction Program.

TRP Ordinances

Privacy Statement

PAG, as the region’s metropolitan planning organization, is the designated air quality planning agency and is authorized to conduct and manage the TRP survey and data.

PAG makes every reasonable effort to protect the privacy of survey participants and is committed to protecting your personal information. Personal information is defined as any detail that will enable identification of an individual.

PAG takes all the necessary steps in designing and executing surveys to ensure that personal information provided is processed lawfully. Only trained and authorized staff has access to personal information and are obliged to respect its confidentiality. PAG does not share, sell, rent or exchange any personal information supplied by you to any third-party. Nor do we use any information you provide for direct marketing.

When obtaining your voluntary cooperation to participate in the survey, we provide information on the purpose of the survey, how the information is collected and how the data will be used. All of the information you provide will be used only by PAG in aggregate form for regional planning purposes.

For more information or to report any concerns about any breach of confidentiality of the TRP survey process, please email Mary Carter, PAG Director of Partnerships and Development.



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