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  • TRP News: Expanded flex schedule can help employee commuters

    streetcarTo accommodate increased employee commute times as result of road construction and changes to Sun Tran bus schedules, Pima County employees may now, upon approval, have greater flexibility in the start and end times of their workdays, at least temporarily.

    Thank you to those who made this suggestion during the recent survey about using alternative modes for commutes and to County Administration Chuck Huckelberry for listening. 

    Per a memo from County Administrator Huckelberry dated April 21 and with permission from their supervisor and Appointing Authority, employees may arrive and leave within a two-hour time span instead of a one-hour time span surrounding the traditional 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. workday.

    This six-month trial period from May through October 2017 is an opportunity to incorporate biking, using transit or carpooling into your commute. Please note, however, that participation in alternative modes for commuting is not required to receive approval for a flextime schedule.

                                  Beginning Work Day     Ending Work Day
    Current flex schedule       7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.   4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m
    Six month trial period May - October    7 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.   4 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    Employees must work with their supervisors and Appointing Authorities to devise plans that accommodate the needs of employees and departments while maintaining the current level of customer service.

    At the end of the six-month trial period, the success of the extended flextime schedule will be evaluated for the potential to continue the program. 

    If exempt and non-exempt employees elect to change their work schedule, their supervisors will need to make updates in ADP. Questions on how to update the pattern for a schedule can be directed to Central Payroll at 724-8787 or CentralPayroll@pima.gov.

    Comments and questions about work commutes may be directed to Karen.Wilhelmsen@pima.gov

    Visit the Travel Reduction Program webpage for resources on alternate modes including transit, bicycling, carpooling, and the PAG Guaranteed Ride Home Program.

    Bike Fest & Cyclovia Get You Wanting to Ride More? FREE Bike Safety Classes Can Help Get You Started

    Pima County DOT Bicycle & Pedestrian Program provides free bike safety classes for the community. You, your family, neighbors and colleagues can take a variety of classes to help with riding safely and operating and maintaining your bike. There are even women-only classes and Bike Buddies who provide personalized, one-on-one support.

    Check out their website and class schedule. Keep current with The Loop updates, too.

    Healthy Air “Drive-Less Pledge” Continues

    Take the pledge this quarter (April - June) and you could win $100 from PDEQ’s Clean Air Program. Pledge to use alternate modes (carpool, bus, bike, or walk) or skip trips in your motor vehicle for a chance at two $100 gift card prizes each quarter. Spread the word – this is open to all Pima County residents who are at least 18 years old.

    Free Emergency Ride Home

    If you bike, take transit, carpool, vanpool, or walk for your work commutes at least twice a week, you might be eligible for a free taxi ride in case of an emergency and you’re stuck without your personal vehicle. Click on PAG’s Guaranteed Ride Home Program for details.

    Sign Up for Alternative Mode News and Info

    Sign up to be on a list serve for occasional timely news about your alternate mode of choice. Contact: Karen.Wilhelmsen@pima.gov. Visit the TRP intranet site for information and resources for your work commutes.
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