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Should Civil Engineering Companies Incentives the Use of Public Transit as a Benefit to its Employees?

  • 1.  Should Civil Engineering Companies Incentives the Use of Public Transit as a Benefit to its Employees?

    Posted 10-18-2021 11:07 AM
    When I was researching civil engineering companies to apply to during my senior year of college, I didn't fully understand the importance of looking into ALL the benefits the company offered. All of the companies had health/dental/vision insurance, 401(k) matching, and tuition reimbursement benefits, which were the benefits I valued the most within a company. It wasn't until  I advanced in the interview process with a company who's office was located in downtown Denver that I was exposed to some of the other benefits a company could offer. One of those benefits was a monthly paid public transit pass. Through this benefit, the company actively encouraged its employees to use the systems it was advocating for and designing, which I GREATLY appreciated. I ended up joining a different company which offered a pre-tax account that can be used to pay public transportation/commuter costs.

    Should civil engineering companies incentivize its employees to use public transportation? What would you like to see included in a public transportation benefit?

    I'm excited to hear everyone's thoughts!

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    Madison Anderson A.M.ASCE
    Kenosha, WI
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  • 2.  RE: Should Civil Engineering Companies Incentives the Use of Public Transit as a Benefit to its Employees?

    Posted 10-27-2021 07:57 AM
    I think a public transport pass is an awesome idea! It's not much money for the company, and it encourages the green habits and an awareness to our built environment.

    I think besides having it free... there should be rewards for reducing carbon footprint, and perhaps company outings using these modes as well.

    Curious to hear what others say.

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    Charles Ou-Yang S.M.ASCE
    Yorba Linda CA
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