Commuter Services

Outreach program of I-494 Corridor Commission

June Prize Drawing: an Electric Bike!

Each month we have a prize drawing for those who try an alternative mode of transportation. Replace a drive-alone trip to work or school and instead take the bus or train, bike, carpool, walk, telework or vanpool.

Click here to participate.

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Monthly Prize Winner - $150 Visa Gift Card

Charles Godart - Best Buy
Bike pledge

"I love bicycling as much as I can, I’ve lived in the Twin Cities for 3 years as I came here from California. I am so excited to be able to get back and forth to work via the trail systems and try to bike to work if it isn’t super snowy or gnarly cold! I wish this system existed in Los Angeles it would’ve made my commuting so much easier, enjoyable, and faster too!"

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Monthly Prize Winner - $150 Visa Gift Card

Pete Rogan - Minnetonka
Telework pledge

"The best thing for me about telework is flexibility. When I telework, I free up time I would've been commuting - which allows me to make time to exercise, or take care of family needs. I can contribute to work effectively and balance the other needs I have in my life. I find I'm less stressed and feel better about work and life when I telework."

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Commuter Spotlight - Bike and Bus Commuter Keiko Tully

When Keiko Tully joined the team at Commuter Services earlier this year, she was surprised to learn about the many commute options available in the Twin Cities.

Keiko grew up riding buses and trains in Japan, which has one of the best-designed and busiest transportation systems in the world. When she moved to the United States to attend college, she bought a car and left her public transportation days behind.

Less than six months on the job, Keiko was inspired to regularly commute by bicycle and bus!

Click here for more of her story

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On-demand Webinars

Detours Ahead in 2024: I-494 Construction Impacts and Options

Wednesday, March 13 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Commuter Services partners with the Minnesota Department of Transportation in the webinar, Detours Ahead in 2024: I-494 Construction Impacts and Options.

Major highway construction is underway. In this webinar, MnDOT I-494 Construction Manager Tim Cline shares details for this year, including:

   • I-494/I-35W roadway and bridge construction
   • Construction of bicycle and pedestrian facilities
   • Road and ramp closures/detour routes
   • Ramp reconstruction and realignment
   • Local roadway and utility work

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Work for 2025 and 2026 is also covered, along with information on the adjacent I-494 Bridge Over Minnesota River project, and the free commute resources offered through Commuter Services.

Watch Detours Ahead in 2024: I-494 Construction Impacts and Options

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Detours Ahead: I-494 Construction Impacts and Options

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One of the biggest road construction projects in the state’s history is officially underway. In the on-demand webinar, Detours Ahead: I-494 Construction Impacts and Options. Minnesota residents can learn more about this big project.

MnDOT I-494 Airport to Highway 169 Construction Manager Tim Clyne shares project information, including:

   • Project improvements and related details
   • Project timelines from 2023 to 2026
   • What to expect for the remainder of this year
   • Detours and how to get around during construction
   • The full I-494: Airport to Highway 169 vision

Commuter Services also provides information on commute programs and resources available to ease the burden of sitting in construction traffic.

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Twin Cities Telework Webinar Series

Commuter Services understands telework has impacted many companies. The pandemic caused employers and employees to take a crash course in telework, but it also provided a unique opportunity to learn and refine programming practices.

The Twin Cities Telework webinar series aims to connect employers, managers and teleworkers with experts who have answers to their questions. Webinars offered look at emerging trends, from a local, regional and national perspective.

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The webinar series is just one piece of Twin Cities Telework by Commuter Services. Visit the TCTelework website for past webinars, to sign up for the bi-monthly newsletter and access our comprehensive set of tools crafted to help organizations develop, fine-tune, and maintain effective telework and hybrid working arrangements. All webinars are recorded for on-demand viewing.

Twin Cities Telework Webinar Archive

Watch Working from Home: Lessons Learned Over the Past Year

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Watch Telework and the Current Commute

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Watch Getting it Right – Best Practices for Teleworkers and Their Managers

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2024 Events

  • January - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode (Prize: $150 Visa Gift Card)
  • February - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode (Prize: Apple AirPods or Beats Studio Buds)
  • March - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode (Prize: $150 Visa Gift Card)
  • April - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode (Prize: $150 Visa Gift Card)
    Earth Day is April 22
  • May - Bike Month 2024 (Prize: an Electric Bike)
    Bike Month Celebration - Thursday, May 16 - 4:30 - 6:30
    Taft Park, Richfield
  • June - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode (Prize: Electric Scooter)
    National Dump The Pump Day is June 20
  • July - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode
  • August - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode
  • September - Car Free MSP
  • October - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode
  • November - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode
  • December - Monthly Incentive to Try a Sustainable Commute Mode

**Additional events will be added throughout the year