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Spring 2021 Virtual TDM Events for Go Glendale ETCs

HAPPY SPRING! Calling all Go Glendale Employee Transportation Coordinators!
April is Earth Month and May is Bike Month, and it’s the ideal time to reboot your commuter programs. Join us at these events to jumpstart your planning and networking this spring.

Thursday, April 22, 2021, 4-5pm
SoCal Association of Commuter Transportation (ACT) Earth Day Happy Hour – members and non-members welcome; Click here for more info and email Kristina.Valenzuela@wsp.com to RSVP.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 1-2pm
A cross-TMO collaborative Return to Work webinar and panel to support employers and ETCs throughout LA County as workers begin commuting again, to be led by GoSaMo TMO (Santa Monica TMO) and Warner Connects (Warner Center TMO). Click here to register.

Thursday, April 29, 2021, 9-11:30am
Save-the-date for this virtual Joint Metro-OCTA-VCTC Spring Marketing Workshop. You must RSVP online and in advance to attend this Workshop. ETC Marketing certificates will be distributed following the workshop. Please RSVP no later than April 26th here. A confirmation with the links will be sent to you prior to the workshop.

Thursday, May 13, 2021, 1-2pm
SoCal Auto Club is planning a virtual Bike Safety Workshop for all LA County commuters. Stay tuned for more details soon. To register go to aaa-bikesafetyLA.eventbrite.com or email PublicAffairs4@aaa-calif.com for info.

For more information about these events, please reach out at contact@goglendale.org or (213) 425-0966. Thank you!

Beeline Service Changes Are Here

The Glendale Beeline made changes to its routes and schedules on November 15th.

Major changes include

  • 10-minute frequency on Routes 1 and 4
  • New service on Route 8
  • Updated schedules on other lines
  • Schedules updated to meet Metrolink trains

You can find updated information at GlendaleBeeline.com

Calling on the Commuters of Glendale

Watch the recording: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sqpLHA5QLU4UrpfrOPDbWU9HAPSeOBqe/view?usp=sharing

Join us for an informative update for the Commuters of Glendale.

Representatives from the Glendale Beeline, LA Metro, and Commute with Enterprise will be on hand to talk about safe commuting during COVID. Metro staff will also discuss some of their upcoming projects in the Glendale area. Attendees will also be entered in a raffle for one of six $50 Amazon gift cards.

Guest Speakers:
Pamela Tang, Glendale Beeline
Danielle Valentino and Tito Corona, LA Metro
Joe Grelock, Commute with Enterprise

Bring your lunch and let’s chat!

When: Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 12noon-1pm

Where: (we’ll send you the link!)
How: RSVP here by Monday, 10/5
Who: All Glendale commuters and residents
For questions and to RSVP directly, email Jayro Queme at contact@goglendale.org or call 213-425-0966.

Six, $50 Amazon gift cards will be raffled off to Go Glendale member participants who RSVP by 10/5. Find out if you’re the winner at the end of the call!

Bike to Wherever Days!

Go Glendale invites you celebrate Bike Month all of September. Traditionally held in May, Bike Month activities were put on hold due to the pandemic. While we can’t gather together, we can still celebrate safely and physically distanced.

With a move from many employers to remote work and the need to maintain physical distancing our traditional Bike to Work Day activities aren’t possible. So, we encourage you to join us in celebrating Bike to Wherever Days!  Get on a bike and celebrate on your own or with your family. The official Bike to Wherever Day will be taking place on September 22nd to coincide with World Car Free Day.

All month long, tag us on Facebook @GoGlendale or Twitter @GoGlendaleTMA with photo or video of yourself enjoying Bike Month, by traveling in any sustainable way, with the hashtag #GoGlendaleBTWD for a chance to win one of 6 $50 Amazon gift cards. Ride a bike, walk, take public transit, or carpool to work or wherever for a chance to win.

Need inspiration for your Bike Month celebrating?

Try out a family friendly route from LACBC or join a Metro BEST class or self-guided tour. Click here for more Bike Month tips from LA Metro. Be sure to take a picture and tag us!

Limited to Glendale residents, visitors, and commuters.

Rekindle Your love for Your bike Workshop on Zoom

Dear Go Glendale Member Contacts,

We invite you to join us for the ‘Go Glendale Rekindle Your Love for Your Bike Workshop’ on Zoom.

Thursday, August 27, 2020
12 noon- 1 pm

Bicycling 101: A Need-to-Know Class taught by Nathalie Winiarski, League of American Bicyclists, League Cycling Instructor.

Improve your bicycling safety knowledge. A quick overview of bike basics, rules of the road and things to know to bike confidently – a one hour, off-bike class.

All participants will receive a Smart Cycling Guide and Go Glendale will provide the first 30 who RSVP by 8/24 with a $10 coffee gift card. 

Where: Via Zoom, RSVP for the link!
How: RSVP HERE or to Jayro Queme at contact@goglendale.org by Monday, 8/24.
Who: Go Glendale member employees, residents, and students.

For questions, contact Jayro at the email above or call 213-425-0966

Click here to download the flyer.

Tips for Establishing Telework and Managing Remote Workers

We wanted to provide you with best practices on working from home policies as many employees are now working from home, some for the first time, to protect the health of their workforce and their operations. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has gripped the globe. Government and health officials are urging calm and caution. 

Here are a few tips as you mobilize your continuity of operations plan to enable your workforce to work from home for an extended period of time: 

  • Technology – The right technology is critical for employees to work from home effectively. Assess equipment and technology readiness including hardware, software, collaboration tools, and internet connectivity.
  • Policies – Your organization should have an official telework policy and eligible employees should be working under a signed telework agreement. Review your policy and agreement documents to ensure they are up to date.
  • Troubleshoot – Identify problematic areas that can cripple work productivity in a telework environment and assemble a task team to assist with resolution.

Learn more here!

What is Work from Home?

Working from Home, aka Teleworking, is a work arrangement that allows an employee to perform work at an approved alternative worksite.

Why have a telework program?

There are many benefits for employers, including: increased productivity, cost savings and improved employee retention, support for more diverse candidates and access to more talent, and assistance with their Employee Commute Reduction Programs.

And there are benefits for employees in terms of improved work-life balance, increased levels of flexibility, and saving time and money on their commutes. Our community and region profits, too, in the form of reduced emissions and cleaner air. Check out this map below showing a comparison of March 2019 and March 2020 and read more here.

If you need assistance with your telework program, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Go Glendale. We are here to help! Additionally, you’ll find a list of Telework Resources below.

Telework Resources

Metro Telework Guidebook

LA County Telework Program

Life Labs Remote Work Guide

City of Glendale Coronavirus Updates and Business Resources

Emergency Business Resources

Marketing Support for Businesses

Average Vehicle Ridership Survey Results

During the month of January 2020, Go Glendale assisted the City of Glendale in conducting Average Vehicle Ridership (AVR) surveys at seven properties in Downtown Glendale. Residents and employees of the properties recorded their trips for the week of January 13 to January 17, 2020. Go Glendale analyzed these trips to determine these properties’ overall AVR and breakdown of commute modes in order to better understand the travel patterns of the commuters in Downtown Glendale. The results are summarized in this blog post.

Average Vehicle Ridership is the ratio of number of employee or resident trips to the number of vehicle trips.

We ranked the seven properties according to their AVR, with #1 being the highest and #7 being the lowest.

#1- Hyatt Place

#2- TheBrand

#3- AMLI Lex on Orange

#4- Modera

#5- Onyx

#6- Altana

#7- Legendary

With an average of 69% drive-alone trips and 1.35 AVR, we have a long way to go to make Downtown Glendale more sustainable.

Commuters of Glendale Series: Featuring Matt Basora

Glendale commuters come in all kinds. People bike, walk, scoot, carpool, vanpool and take transit. This series is intended to share the stories of commuters who demonstrate it’s possible to get to work without driving alone!

For our first post this new year we are featuring Matt Basora who takes the bus to West LA from Glendale every single workday! Let’s see what he has to say about his experience on the transit system and what motivated him to make the shift.

1. Where do you generally commute to?

Although I hail from Glendale, I work waaaaaay out there in West LA.

2. How do you get to work on a typical day?

I take advantage of one of the many bus lines that pick me up near my home in Glendale and then transfer to light rail once I’m either in Downtown LA (to the E [Expo] line) or in Hollywood (to the B [Red] line). What I love about the transit system is there is always more than one way to get from Point A to Point B.

3.     What is the best part of your commute?

I love the feeling of zipping through rush hour without the headache of stop-and-go traffic.  And when you have a commute as long as mine, that white-knuckled stress fest takes its toll after a while.  With public transportation, I pop on a podcast and relax until I get to my destination. (We always appreciate a relaxing commute, don’t we?)

4.     What/who compelled you to begin commuting this way?

Driving back and forth across the metropolitan area was wreaking havoc on both my car and my attitude. Having spent a lot of time up north and back east, I had relied on the bus/rail system to get around but was reluctant to try it down here. I tried it on a whim, fearing the worst but it ended up being one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

5.     Do you have any interesting commute stories you’d like to share?

I’ve met so many fascinating people in my ride back and forth to work that I never would have encountered if it wasn’t for public transport.  It really reiterates just how much of a melting pot of different backgrounds we have in the southland.

6.     Are there any commuting tips that you’d like to share with the people working near you?

Be mindful of when express service ends for the day, so you don’t end up waiting longer than you’d like to get where you’re going.  Otherwise, take a day to get to know your city. With free transfers within a two-hour window, there’s so much to see and a million ways to see it.

We agree, Matt. You will find all the updated Bus and Rail schedules here.

Have a great commute you’d like to post? We’re collecting stories about commuters who carpool, vanpool, bike, walk, scoot or take transit on a typical workday. At Go Glendale, we love to share these stories. Please reach out to us at contact@goglendale.org to be featured in our Commuters of Glendale series.

New Year, New Commute

Did you know you can save money, burn calories, help the environment AND improve your health ALL by changing the way you commute?

How will you commute differently in 2020?

You can take the Metro (bus & rail) or Metrolink trains.
You can take the Beeline or Commuter Express buses.
Plan your route with biking or walking.

Happy Commuting!

NoHo to Pasadena Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Project: Upcoming Community Workshops

LA Metro is hosting a series of Bus Rapid Transit workshops to share the community’s vision for a BRT. Reserve your spot here!

Join the Glendale Community Workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 from 6-8 pm at Glendale Central Library, 222 E Harvard St., Glendale, CA 91205.

Learn more here.

Public and stakeholder engagement will continue throughout the environmental review process to solicit valuable feedback to further inform and define the project.

-LA Metro