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Much has happened in the last month, and it is teleworking in the spotlight now — read on!
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April 2020

The Smart Commuter

We Are Telework Experts, Here for You! | Webinar Recording Available | A Summary of Many Recent RTD Changes | Information about COVID Response | Join Smart Commute | and news to peruse — read on!
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Coming up in April and May, Smart Commute will be hosting a series of Webinars to make it easy for our readers, partners and stakeholders to stay informed.  Upcoming webinars are currently being scheduled, and may focus on topics such as Clean Transportation Planning, Commuter Trip Reduction Programs, and the 2050 Metro Vision Transportation Plan.  Stay tuned!
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Smart Commute has offered teleworking services from Day One, working as far back as our first year (2012) to help local organizations to implement telework policies.

However, Teleworking is often a hands-off mode - we have heard over, and over again from organizations that they do not want to have a telework policy in place.  The reason most often cited is that a teleworking policy...is complicated.  Many, many businesses have the capability and technology to permit teleworking, but it is often only available in an ad hoc, manger-by-manager basis.  

Right now, teleworking isn't an option - it is an essential business practice.  And while implementing an official "policy" is the least of anyone's concerns, Smart Commute can be a resource as business "returns to normal."  Before, during, or after this transition to normalcy, take the time to consult our team about what might be right for your organization.  

A telework policy actually protects employers from bad actors in the teleworking realm, and provides realistic expectations for teleworking employees.  We can help to provide training to your managers, and help to implement evaluated pilot programs.  While we can't procure equipment or pay for licensed software, we can help you to navigate the nuts and bolts (and the free software available) to make sure that teleworking is a reliable part of your business.  Teleworking maintains workflow in the face of emergencies, and even bad weather.  And, after going outside and taking a deep breath, you'll see something else that telworking helps to preserve:  our air quality.

Contact Smart Commute - we offer our expertise to our local community, free of charge.
On Friday, April 3, Smart Commute promised and delivered a 30-minute presentation focusing on two hot topics:  recent RTD service changes, and teleworking tips.  This webinar is available on our YouTube channel.  If you are working from home, this might be worth a quick view for a refresher on teleworking, or a crash-course for those new to the concept.

For a lengthier, but more detailed, webinar, check out this other video by Boulder Transportation Connections, a sister organization to Smart Commute.
RTD has made significant changes in the past month.  For a recap of all the changes, please see the list below (with hyperlinks to the original RTD news releases):

March 24:  The RTD Board meets to approve a dramatic reduction to bus service (40%) in order to respond to a seventy-percent drop in demand, as well as protect its Operators.  (News Release)

April 2:  RTD expects an infusion of $232M to offset the costs of the COVID-19 Pandemic through the Federal CARES Act.  Money can be used for hard costs, like protective equipment and cleaning supplies, as well as salaries.  (News Release)

April 3:  RTD essentially offers fare-free service by implementing rear-door boarding as a protection measure for Operators.  (News Stop)

April 8:  RTD updates the announced service reductions for April 19, including reductions in the G Line and B Line, operated by Denver Transit Partners.  The A Line continues as scheduled at this time.  (News Release)

April 10:  RTD releases new guidance on bus capacity limits in order to follow social-distance recommendations and protect Operators.  Limits include 15 passengers per bus, as well as direction to Operators to bypass people waiting at stops if capacity has been reached.  (News Release)
Smart Commute looks forward each year to meeting and speaking with our local residents during the summer months.   This year, however, to keep the public safe and healthy, many of our normal large events are being postponed or cancelled.  While we look forward to seeing everyone as soon as it's safe, we are also here for you by email with any question or concern related to transportation.

We will be in touch regularly and will update you as soon as possible about our resumed community events presence.
Stay up to date on the latest Wagon Road PnR & 144th FlexRide COVID-19 service schedule information by visiting Smart Commute's website. While social distancing and proper disinfecting protocols are in place on all RTD routes, this FlexRide still provides a safe transit option to essential employees at Amazon and St. Anthony North Hospital
Smart Commute is a non-profit, but we rely on the support of businesses who see the value of an organization that connects transportation to economic development to job growth to community health to access and mobility

Do you value these things too?  Consider joining us.

News to Peruse

As Coronavirus Quiets Streets, Some Cities Speed Road and Transit Fixes (City Lab)
RTD Braces For At Least A Quarter-Billion-Dollar Hit From Coronavirus (CPR)
What’s Wrong with an Empty Bus? (Human Transit)
[Bike shops] are busier than ever (The Denver Channel)
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