THINKING ABOUT THE RANGE OF TRAVEL CHOICES
For many work journeys, the public transport network represents a real alternative to the car.
Using public transport not only saves staff money when compared to the total costs of running a car to get to work, but also allows them to avoid stress from driving in peak-hour traffic.
One of the biggest obstacles to staff using public transport is a lack of information. They want to know which ticket to buy, where to buy tickets and where and when the tram, bus or train goes.
This can be a simple matter of contacting your local public transport information centre for some timetables you can post in the staffroom. Alternatively, you can link to the timetables from your intranet.
Another incentive to encourage staff to try public transport is to offer interest-free loans for public transport use. This helps overcome staff objections to paying out what seems to be a large amount of money at once. Payment can be deducted in installments from staff pay packets.
You can also purchase a bulk number of tickets for use by staff during the day when they are travelling on behalf of work. This is cheaper than cab vouchers and especially good for short trips around the CBD.
Listed below are some public transport ideas you can include in your access plan.
- Develop a map showing public transport routes to your worksite
- Put up a noticeboard with leaflets and maps showing the main public transport routes to and from your work site
- Place information on the work intranet with links to appropriate external websites
- Provide leaflets or timetables with payslips
- Provide a company bus that links with existing public transport services e.g. a shuttle bus between work and the train station
- Provide an interest-free loan to buy an annual ticket
- Encourage public transport use for business travel
- Ensure tickets are available at the workplace for work travel during the day
- Negotiate with public transport providers to provide better services to the work site