Commute Solutions Partners

Commute Solutions Partners

Different from the CSSC meetings Commute Solutions also meets with its partners which are organizations that are committed to the mission of Commute Solutions and work with the program to implement its strategies. Currently, these are the organizations that are partnered with the Commute Solution program that are not part of the CSSC.

Advanced Micro Devices

Advanced Micro Devices
AMD aims for environmental excellence in all aspects of our business, and we view how our 12,000+ employees get to/from work as an important part of that mission. Our international award-winning commuter program – Go Green – provides significant and measurable benefits for our employees, the communities in which we work, and the natural environment.

The goal of Go Green is to save AMDers money and enhance their quality of life while embodying AMD’s environmental values and improving work productivity. We designed our commuter program by identifying our employees’ barriers and motivators to using alternative transportation and then providing programs and incentives to make the choice for sustainable transportation as easy as possible. The Go Green weekly newsletter and website promotes a lifestyle approach to sustainability by engaging participants to take action home, in route, and at the workplace.

Applied Materials
We are the leader in materials engineering solutions used to produce virtually every new chip and advanced display in the world. Our expertise in modifying materials at atomic levels and on an industrial scale enables customers to transform possibilities into reality. At Applied Materials, our innovations make possible the technology shaping the future.

Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
For 140 years, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce has connected the community to make Austin work. We invest in a broad range of programs that build and support a prosperous regional economy.  Leveraging our Opportunity Austin initiative, we help create jobs, recruit job generators, and develop talent.  We help companies’ startup, expand and innovate. We ensure students are workforce ready. We push for policy to remain the best place to work, live and play. We roll up our sleeves to take on the biggest issues our community cares about like affordability, CodeNEXT, and traffic. We connect businesses to resources and information to help them network and grow.

Austin Community College

Austin Community College
ACC serves over 40,000 students in Central Texas each semester. Commuting is the single most significant contributor to the Carbon Footprint for ACC, and through the partnership with Commute Solutions, ACC is able to better serve its students in their pursuit of alternative commuting options.

Austin Independent School District
Austin ISD educates approximately 84,000 students and embraces 130 diverse school communities in one of the fastest-growing, ever-changing metroplexes in the country. In partnership with parents and our community, AISD’s mission is to provide a comprehensive educational experience that is high quality, challenging, and inspires all students to make a positive contribution to society. We partner with world-class universities, innovative businesses and nonprofit organizations and engaged community leaders to prepare our students for college, career, and life.

BigCommerce is the world’s leading cloud e-commerce platform for established and rapidly-growing businesses. Combining enterprise functionality, an open architecture, and app ecosystem, and market-leading performance, BigCommerce enables businesses to grow online sales with 80% less cost, time and complexity than on-premise software. BigCommerce powers B2B and B2C e-commerce for more than 50,000 SMBs, 2,000+ mid-market businesses, more than 25 Fortune 1000 companies, and industry-leading brands including Assurant, Ben & Jerry’s, Gibson, Paul Mitchell, and Toyota.

Bike Austin
Bike Austin improves quality of life for all of Austin and Central Texas by growing bicycling as a form of transportation, exercise, and recreation.  We envision Central Texas as a place where everyone recognizes and embraces the benefits of cycling, whether they ride or not, and where cycling is a common aspect of daily life for everyone.

Car2go is an innovative mobility service which offers a network of 300 environmentally compatible smart “car2go edition” vehicles for rent.  Unlike traditional car sharing programs or car rental companies, car2go is not station-based. car2go vehicles are distributed throughout the city and can be accessed “on-demand”, or reserved for up to 24 hours in advance. Customers are not required to enter into a long-term contract or be subject to a minimum spend, deposits or monthly fees.

Capital Area Rural Transportation System
CARTS delivers transportation tailored specifically for each of the one hundred and sixty-nine communities it serves. The service frequency in or to the various locales ranges from many times a day to once a month.

At Chariot, we’re focused on creating the world’s first self-sustainable mass-transit system that relieves congestion while offering a comfortable, personalized commuting experience. The core of our mission is universal access to better transportation. We envision cities where every commuter takes Chariot to work and home — regardless of income or location — which is why we prioritize affordability and flexibility as we expand. When the world runs on smarter routes, lower costs, and better ride experiences, we’ll collectively take cars off the road and transform our twice-daily frustration into a part of your day you actually look forward to.

Clean Air Force

Clean Air Force of Central Texas
The mission of the CLEAN AIR Force of Central Texas is to coordinate air quality planning and conduct educational activities in Central Texas focused on motivating the citizens, businesses, and governments in the five-county region to take actions to reduce air pollution to protect public health. With the help of our Clean Air Partners Program, we encourage Commute Solutions as a means to reduce ozone-forming emissions that contribute to unhealthy air. Our Clean Air Partners implement Commute Solutions programs to reduce single-occupant vehicle trips and peak traffic by carpooling, vanpooling, taking bus/rail, bicycling, teleworking, or utilizing compressed work week or flexible work schedules. By reducing the number of single occupant vehicles on our Central Texas roads, this reduces the amount of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and NOx (Nitrogen Oxides) in the atmosphere which furthers our organization’s mission of keeping Central Texas air breathable.

Clean Air Partners

Clean Air Partners
A program of the CLEAN AIR Force of Central Texas, the Clean Air Partners Program helps local businesses, governments and organizations to reduce their emissions with a flexible menu of options customizable to each Partner.  By becoming a Clean Air Partner, employers pledge to carry out clean air programs and implement clean business practices to reduce emissions that contribute to unhealthy air in our region and to annually report their results via a user-friendly website.  Partners receive public recognition for their efforts via events, publications, and advertisements.  The program is available to any employer in the counties of Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson.

Downtown Austin Alliance
The Downtown Austin Alliance is a partnership of downtown property owners, individuals, and businesses devoted to preserving and enhancing the value and vitality of downtown Austin. We work with property owners, residents, business owners, community organizations and government entities to advance our collective vision for the future of downtown Austin.

As a leader and full-time advocate for downtown, the Downtown Alliance takes an active role in planning decisions that will increase the area’s economic prosperity. We also partner with key stakeholders in the public and private sectors on dozens of projects to enhance downtown’s appeal to businesses, residents, and visitors. Additionally, we provide direct services that make downtown a cleaner, safer and more welcoming place.

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IBM Client Innovation Center in Austin, TX provides clients direct access to teams of IBM mobile experts. Clients can work side-by-side with IBM mobile professionals in the 3,000 square foot interactive, experience-based learning environment and view over 15 working mobility solutions for a wide variety of infrastructure innovations across applications and industries.


In 2008, we launched our car sharing business, Connect by Hertz, in London, New York City and Paris. Connect provides urban drivers with environmentally friendly cars parked at convenient locations for hourly rentals. Hertz leap-frogged the competition with in-car technology to speed the rental process. Once the on-line booking process is completed and the rental commences, the customer is instantly connected to a Hertz service center representative who can assist with every aspect of the rental and provide directions and other services. Every Connect vehicle in the U.S. comes equipped with a NeverLost navigation system, and most are equipped with iPod/MP3 adaptors and Bluetooth technology.

Every car sharing vehicle has the potential to eliminate the need for up to 14 privately owned vehicles in urban markets, providing an economically and environmentally sensible alternative to vehicle ownership. Choosing to share rather than own a car eliminates the need for expensive parking, gas, insurance and maintenance/repair costs.

We have already expanded in 6 countries, adding more than fifty universities and corporate campuses worldwide. Because our technology and fleet are fully scalable, we will rapidly expand Connect to many more U.S. and European cities, universities and corporate customers. In October 2010 Hertz signed an agreement to acquire the Australian car sharing company, Flexicar. This is a statement to how dedicated we are to expansion, innovation and bringing Connect by Hertz to people all around the world.

Lower  Colorado River Authority
The mission of the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) is to provide reliable, low-cost utility and public services in partnership with our customers and communities and to use our leadership and environmental authority to ensure the protection and constructive use of the area’s natural resources.
LCRA’s Keep It Parked program is a voluntary trip reduction program designed to improve employees’ quality of life, lessen traffic congestion, and improve air quality by reducing ozone-forming vehicle emissions. The program is designed to enable employees to work more efficiently and cost-effectively while providing employees with solutions for a better commute and options to lessen travel during work hours. Commuters can consider alternatives to their current commute and try carpooling, vanpooling, bicycling, walking, teleworking, using compressed work weeks, flex-time or taking the bus. At-work travelers can consider teleconferencing, video conferencing and carpooling to LCRA meetings and events. Commuters can also find carpool partners using LCRA’s Commuter Interactive Map and bike partners using the bike-to-work program.

Merck’s vision is to make a difference in the lives of people globally through our innovative medicines, vaccines, and animal health products. We are committed to being the premier, research-intensive biopharmaceutical company and are dedicated to providing leading innovations and solutions for today and the future.

Netspend is a leading provider of Visa® Prepaid debit cards, Prepaid Debit Mastercard® cards, and commercial prepaid card solutions in the U.S. We serve the estimated 68 million underbanked consumers who do not have a traditional bank account or who rely on alternative financial services, by offering products that are flexible with powerful features designed just for them.

Safe Routes

Safe Routes to School
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are sustained efforts by parents, schools, community leaders and local, state, and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school.

Samsung Austin Semiconductor
Samsung Austin Semiconductor LLC manufactures and offers Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) chips which are used in personal computers, workstations, and servers. The company was founded in 1996 and is based in Austin, Texas. Samsung Austin Semiconductor LLC operates as a subsidiary of Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality strives to protect our state’s human and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development. Our goal is clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste.

Texas Department of Insurance
The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) regulates the state’s insurance industry. We also educate consumers to help them make well-informed insurance decisions.

TDI assists consumers with questions and concerns about insurance through its Consumer Help Line, complaint resolution process, and outreach events, such as those for Commute Solutions. At CS events, TDI staff explain the auto insurance cost savings involved with commuting or using public transportation. One of the factors companies may use to determine rates for auto insurance is the vehicle’s primary use. Rates for cars driven solely for pleasure are typically lower than rates for cars driven to and from work or used for business.

Texas Department of Transportation

Texas Department of Transportation
In March 2002, we partnered with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to create the Drive Clean Across Texas (DCAT) campaign. This program asks the public to help reduce air pollution by driving less, maintaining their vehicles, avoiding unnecessary idling, buying more energy-efficient vehicles and driving the speed limit.

The Clean Air Plan is our internal effort to take the same kind of action, and go a step further, including using LED lights for new signal lights, using alternative-fuel vehicles for Department business and using green energy providers.

Texas State University
Texas State’s 38,808 students choose from 98 bachelor’s, 91 master’s and 13 doctoral degree programs offered by the following colleges: Applied ArtsMcCoy College of Business AdministrationEducationFine Arts and CommunicationHealth ProfessionsLiberal ArtsScience and EngineeringUniversity College and The Graduate College. As an Emerging Research University, Texas State offers opportunities for discovery and innovation to faculty and students.

The University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin strongly supports efforts to reduce congestion and curb vehicle pollution in the Austin area. The University has established an active Alternative Transportation Program, entitled UT Share, that encourages members of the UT community to do their SHARE and SHARE the ride to campus. The goal of the UT Share Program is to address and reduce the use of single occupancy vehicles by staff, faculty, students, and visitors.

W Hotel
Welcome to W Austin Hotel – located in the Second Street District and next door to the famed Austin City Limits music venue, in the center of the Live Music Capital of the World. Unleash your inner soul man, rock god or indie hipster with a stay at the latest destination sensation in downtown Austin.

Zimmer Biomet
At Zimmer Biomet, we pursue exceptional outcomes. Our innovations help treat patients suffering from disorders of, or injuries to, bones, joints or supporting soft tissues. Alongside some of the world’s top healthcare professionals, we help deliver new possibilities to patients. It’s our promise to look beyond what’s possible now and discover what’s possible next.

Zipcar is the world’s leading car-sharing service with over 700,000 members and 9,000 vehicles in urban areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Spain. Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for an alternative to the high costs and hassles of owning a car. Zipcar members pay only for the time they actually use the vehicle and have no responsibility for additional costs and hassles associated with car ownership, including gas, registration, insurance, maintenance and car payments.

Car sharing works! Zipcar members report saving an average of $600 per month compared to owning a car. Members of Zipcar and car sharing programs report a 46% increase in public transit trips, a 10% increase in bicycling trips and a 26% increase in walking trips.

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