Who We Are
Whether you’re relocating, starting a new job, or just wanting to change your commute, the Alamo Commutes team can help rethink your trip to work. All of our services are free to residents or employees of Bexar, Comal, and Guadalupe Counties, as well as a portion of Kendall County.
What We Do
Based on your commute route and needs, we can help you select and plan an affordable, sustainable, and convenient commute to work.
We are the only organization in the Alamo Area that works with residents to develop free, custom commutes.
What are the benefits?
The average 20 mile round-trip commute costs $216 per month, and $2,592 per year – even more if you drive a larger vehicle, or have a longer commute. Carpooling with just one other person reduces that cost by half; a VIA Metropolitan Transit monthly bus pass costs 1/5 that; and walking is free!
Stop Fighting Traffic
The Texas Transportation Institute found that in 2015, the average urban commuter wasted 42 hours every year stuck in traffic jams – a full-time work week. Instead, ride the bus, carpool, walk or bike and use your morning and afternoon commute to catch up on the “Three R’s” – read, relax, and rest.
Improve Your Health and Well Being
Research shows that your daily commute may be causing your anxiety levels to increase, your risk of depression to rise, and your blood pressure to spike. Using public transit, ridesharing, and walking or biking are less stressful than driving in congested city traffic.
Reduce Air Pollution
In 2018, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designated Bexar County “nonattainment”, meaning that air pollution has passed federal standards. Gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles produce tailpipe emissions, contributing to poor air quality.
Emergency Ride Home
If you’ve taken alternative transportation to work and you have an emergency, Alamo Commutes will cover the cost of your ride home.
Alamo Commutes provides up to $50, four times a year for an emergency ride home via a taxi or other ride-hail service, such as Uber or Lyft.
Qualifying emergencies include personal or family illness/injury, your carpool partners illness/injury, unexpected overtime, bicycle has broken down, or a weather-related event. Examples of non-reimbursable events include personal events, scheduled overtime, transportation system delays, or scheduled overtime.
Alamo Commutes and the AAMPO reserve the right to deny any and all requests if any of the above conditions are not met to our satisfaction. Neither AAMPO, Agile Mile, nor any of the program sponsors are responsible for any personal injury, loss of income, consequential damages resulting from delays or absence of a cab or rental car, or termination of the program.
- You live or work within Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, or Kendall Counties;
- You carpool or vanpool, take the bus, ride a bike, or walk to work an average of three times per week or more; and
- You record your trips and keep your home, organization, and email address current on the Alamo Commutes website or app.
- Record Your Trips
- Regularly record your trips by bus, car/vanpool, bicycle or walking on the Alamo Commutes website or mobile app. Keep your home, work, and email information current on your rider profile. Once you have recorded your trips for at least one week, you will begin to see the CARE rebate offered among your reward listings.
- When an emergency arises, call or text the cab or other ride-for-hire company of your choice to arrange for a ride. If it is related to your emergency, an intermediate stop (such as at a daycare or school to pick up a sick child) is allowed before going home or to where you’ve left your car. Make sure you get a receipt showing the ride service company name, date, time, charges, and origin and destination addresses, and driver’s name or ID number.
- Within a few days after your emergency ride home, request a reimbursement coupon through the “Rewards” section of the Alamo Commutes website or mobile app (click on "Get Rewards" and scroll down to find the CARE Program, or search “CARE” in the Rewards search bar.) DO NOT request a rebate form before an emergency trip is taken, because the form will expire in one week. The coupon form will be sent to you within 24 hours. Email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In cases where a ride home costs more than $50 the employee may either pay the difference or submit more than one reimbursement request coupon for the same ride.
- Following positive verification that you have met the conditions mentioned above, the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO) will send you a reimbursement check for up to $50 per coupon.