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Sustainable Transportation Incentive Program

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What are the recent changes to the Sustainable Transportation Incentive Program?

We recently simplified the program. Its no longer determined by the type of transportation, but simply the frequency of taking any form of sustainable transportation. As of September 1st:

Sustainable Commuter Cash Level I:  Any employee that uses sustainable transportation 30%-49% of the time is eligible to receive a $15 monthly subsidy. 

Sustainable Commuter Cash Level II: Any employee that uses sustainable transportation 50%-74% of the time is eligible to receive a $25 monthly subsidy. 

Sustainable Commuter Cash Level III: Any employee that uses sustainable transportation 75%-100% of the time is eligible to receive a $30 monthly subsidy. 

Quarterly Prize Drawing: Employees who qualify for a Sustainable Transportation Incentive for three consecutive months within the fiscal year quarter will be entered in a Quarterly Prize Drawing for that quarter. The prize drawing will be a total of $200.00 in gift certificates, distributed among four prize winners ($50 each). Winners will be selected at random. Gift certificates will be facilitated and distributed by the Center for Environmental and Urban Studies. 

Which types of sustainable transportation qualify?

Sustainable modes of transportation include walking, skating, bicycling, mass transit, carpooling and vanpooling. Telecommuting is not considered eligible for the Sustainable Transportation Incentive Program. 

Can I still submit a paper form?

No, only employees without access to a computer are allowed to submit a paper form. We request that whenever possible employees use the online form:​

Do I have to enter the Santa Monica College information in the profile?

YES! You must use the​ link or enter Santa Monica College in your profile to be included in the electronic community and receive your incentive. 

Does it matter which web browser I use?

Yes, the recommended web browser is Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. 

Is supervisor signature required?

No, instead we will be doing a monthly audit of participants selected at random. 

How do I submit my form?

While there is no formal submission process, SMC employees must log in to the online system by the 10th of the each month log their commute days for the previous month. ONLY LOG COMMUTES FOR DAYS THAT YOU WORKED. You will then need to go to your Incentives tab and click to join the current month’s incentive. This information is necessary to process the incentive, which is based on the percentage of time employees used sustainable transportation. Entering your work day logs is effectively the same as “submitting” the paper form. This saves time, paper, and will hopefully result in a broader participation from the SMC community. 

How do I see my monthly commute?

Select the days that you would like to view on the dashboard calendar, then click on the ‘History’ tab. This will show you your days logged as well as the modes and information you entered. This is a very useful view and can be used to view and edit past commutes. 

What is SMC doing with this information?

This information is NOT being shared publicly. We are using portions of this information to process the alternative transportation incentive and inform SMC alternative transportation programs. You can view the detailed privacy agreement on the Commute SM website. 

Why do I keep receiving an error message?

Make sure that you are not attempting to log a trip for a day that you have already previously logged. If you continue to have issues, please contact Center for Environmental and Urban Studies at 310-434-3909 or for more information. 

Why is SMC tracking employee commutes?

SMC is required by law to provide the South Coast Air Quality Management District with the Colleges Average Vehicle Ridership (AVR). SMCs target AVR is 1.5 persons per vehicle. In effort to achieve our target AVR and improve environmental performance, the College provides the alternative transportation incentive for employees regularly taking alternative transportation such as bus, bike, walking, or carpool. 

Are EVs and motorcycles considered alternative transportation?

No, at this time EVs, scooters, and motorcycles are not considered alternative transportation and do not qualify for the incentive program. However, we will be reviewing the incentive structure and may include these modes in the future depending on the regional Air Quality Management District standards. 

Can I receive training on the new online system?

The system is easy to use and employees are encouraged to explore the system before requesting training. However, if you are having difficulty or have additional questions please contact the Center for Environmental and Urban Studies at 310-434-3909 or for more information. 

Where can I find out more info about the Alternative Transportation Incentive Program?

You can find out details on sustainable transportation on the SMC sustainability website:


You can also contact the Center for Environmental and Urban Studies at 310-434-3909 or for more information.