Sarasota County Government named one of best workplaces for commuters in the U.S.

Tampa-based organization bestows the honor

Photo courtesy Sarasota County

Sarasota County Government has been named to the 2017 List of Best Workplaces for Commuters “for offering exceptional employee-provided commuter benefits,” the county has announced.

“Sarasota County Government is on the cutting edge of a national movement,” said Julie Bond, program manager for Best Workplaces for Commuters, in a news release. “They have listened to their employees’ challenges with traffic flow and their concerns over reducing emissions. By offering a range of commuter benefits, such as subsiding bus fares, carpooling and access to Emergency Ride Home programs,” she continued in the release, “Sarasota County gives its employees the support they need to get to and from work so they can be at their best. These benefits are good for the organization and its employees.”

Sarasota County is among 231 employers in the United States to receive this award, the Best Workplaces for Commuters website points out. The membership program is based in Tampa, according to the organization’s website.

“April is Earth Month, so receiving this recognition now is perfect timing to recognize the county for promoting green commuting efforts and sustainable transportation options throughout the year,” said Sarasota County Administrator Tom Harmer in the release.

Earlier this month, the Sarasota County Commission proclaimed April 21 to be Try Transit Day. All residents and visitors are invited to ride Sarasota County Area Transit buses for free all day, the release points out. That is one of several efforts the county supports “to promote the use of alternative commuting modes to reduce traffic congestion and lower greenhouse gas emission through its Commuter Services program,” the release adds.