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By goDCgo . on 12/20/2010
After weeks of waiting in a state of tense anticipation, we finally have good news about the extension of transit benefits. The $230 benefit, which helps employees cover their commuting transportation costs, was part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and was set to expire on December 31st, reducing the benefit to $120 per month.

On the evening of December 16, with the deadline looming, the House passed the bill to extend the “Bush/Middle Class tax cuts”. On December 17, 2010, President Obama signed the legislation making extension official. With the signing, the transit benefit will stay at $230 per month through December 31, 2011.

Employers: please inform your employees of the extension and make any necessary adjustments. With transit fares increasing and the cost of gasoline going up, it is more important than ever to take advantage of the transit benefit and this extension.

If you have any questions, please contact goDCgo at 202-299-2186 or info@godcgo.com....
By goDCgo . on 12/14/2010
Ikea is our new hero! Last week, the Swedish company revealed 12, 400 bicycles as a holiday gift to each and every employee at all of their 37 U.S. locations. Citing health and environmental reasons as the impetus for selecting a bike as the 2010 employee gift, Ikea US President Mike Ward stated, “We hope this bike will be taken in the spirit of the season while supporting a healthy lifestyle and everyday sustainable transport."

We understand that not all companies can afford to be so generous. However, employers can work with goDCgo’s Employer Services to learn more about healthier, sustainable transportation alternatives to driving, which can be included in a customized transit benefits package to offer employees. If you’re looking to freshen up your transit benefits, check out “BikeBrand Your Biz,” a program designed to make businesses more bike-friendly. goDCgo...
By goDCgo . on 11/29/2010
Studies have shown that alternative work schedules can save an average of seven minutes per day in commute time, and they hold a host of other benefits for everyone. Examples of alternative work schedules available to full-time employees include Flextime, Compressed Workweeks and Staggered Shifts:

· Flextime: Employees are allowed flexibility in setting their schedules in order to avoid peak traffic hours.

· Compressed Workweek (CWW): Employees work fewer but longer days, which are compensated with scheduled days off.

· Staggered Shifts: This is similar to flextime in that it helps employees avoid traveling during peak traffic times, but it does not give them as much choice in setting their own work schedules.

Many businesses already offer some version of these schedules to their employees, and the list of benefits is extensive: employees enjoy more flexibility, less stress due to traffic congestion and substantial financial savings due to the reduction of costly...
By goDCgo . on 11/17/2010
Have you registered your SmarTrip card yet? Metro is encouraging everyone to register their SmarTrip card in anticipation of upcoming changes to their transit benefit management program, SmartBenefits, which will take place in 2011. By registering your card, you will also have the added security of knowing that your fare balance is protected if your card gets lost or stolen. Registering is easy, just grab your card and visit WMATA’s SmarTrip homepage here. After you register, you can also check your fare balance and trip history online. If you’ve already registered, check to make sure that your contact information is current as WMATA uses this to send you important information when necessary.

If SmartBenefits is not offered at your work place, contact a goDCgo Employer Services representative at (202) 299-2186...
By goDCgo . on 11/15/2010
In September, the League of American Bicyclists released their findings on the bike commuter rates for the 70 largest cities in the United States. Washington, DC, which is considered to be a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community, saw a 7% drop in commuters who biked to work from 2008 to 2009, bringing the total percentage to 2.17%, down from 2.33%. The news is not all bad, however, as the District still experienced an 86% increase in bicycle commuting from 2000 to 2009. And there’s more good news – there’s still time to get the city moving back in the right direction! Here at goDCgo, we offer Capital Bikeshare corporate sales, which include extras such as a free Confident City Cycling Class conducted on-site at your office. This class is geared toward making employees feel more comfortable with commuting to work by bicycle if they did not consider it a viable option before. Supporting...