Pasadena, CA — Pasadena's employee rideshare program that encourages carpooling to help protect the environment has garnered top honors from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), the City's Department of Transportation announced.
The City of Pasadena received Metro's "Blue Diamond Award" for its outstanding employee rideshare program known as the Prideshare Program. Pasadena's rideshare program has been recognized by Metro in previous years, but this is the first time Pasadena's program won top honors.
Vice Mayor Jacque Robinson attended the special ceremonies to accept the award on behalf of the City.
"It was great to see the City of Pasadena recognized for the successful efforts of our employees in ridesharing, which reduces the environmental impacts of their daily commutes. This effort is a great reflection of the City's commitment to be a great place to work and to be a leader in environmental sustainability," Vice Mayor Jacque Robinson said.
The Prideshare Program is funded through fees paid by City employees who drive solo to work. The program has consistently increased employee participation over the last few years. The City started it ninth employee vanpool earlier this month and also annually hosts a very successful Bike to Work Day event that encourages employees to bicycle and walk to work.
"The City's Prideshare Program has been very successful in encouraging our employees to reduce or eliminate their solo commute trips by using carpooling, vanpooling, riding a bike or walking to work. Our employees are doing their part to achieve the environmental standards the City Council has set for the City," Department of Transportation Director Fred Dock said.
Another Pasadena employer was also received a Diamond Award from Metro for its outstanding employee ridesharing program. Jones-Lang-LaSalle received the award for the most improved rideshare program in Los Angeles County. Jones-Lang-LaSalle increased the number of employees who rideshare to its offices by more than 40 percent by encouraging employees to carpool to work. The Metro awards program was held May 22.
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