For most Americans, commuting means driving to work alone. It's expensive, and many workers say they want their employers' help.
In fact, 86 percent of American workers feel that commuter-assistance benefits, such as discount transit passes, ride-sharing boards, or parking benefits, are useful. Yet only 17 percent said their employers offer them, according to the survey of 1,000 people conducted for Xylo Inc., a web-based company that assists other firms with their benefit programs. The survey also found that:
* 83 percent of respondents drive alone to work. Only 6 percent carpool or vanpool, and 4 percent use public transportation.
* 86 percent of employees who don't have commuter assistance drive alone to work, compared with only 71 percent who do have it.
* Employees with commuter assistance are almost eight times more likely to use public transportation than those employees who don't have it.
* Workers under age 35 are twice as likely to carpool or use public transportation than older workers.
"Companies are finding that commuter assistance programs are not only a win for the environment, they're a win for the employees as well," says Xylo president and CEO Norman Behar.
Compiled by Staff
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