Adult Cash ... $2.25
Freeway Flyer Cash ... $3.25
For employees at companies who meet the minimum participation requirements, the Commuter Value Pass program is a tax-smart employee benefit that provides reliable transportation at the lowest possible cost. Read below for more details or view our Commuter Value Pass FAQs page here. Employees can also download a helpful info sheet here.
Plus, the MCTS Emergency Ride Program is available if the employer chooses to participate and is free to all recipients of Commuter Value Passes.
Participating employees receive an unlimited pass good for use on all MCTS services.
If you have any questions regarding the MCTS Commuter Value Pass, please contact MCTS at (414) 343-1777.
MCTS offers the Commuter Value Certificate, a voucher that employers can purchase and distribute to employees as a 100 percent employer paid, tax-free transit benefit. Read below for more details or view our Commuter Value Certificate FAQs page here.
If your company has 20 or more employees who are bus riders, you can qualify for even greater savings with the Commuter Value Pass.
If you have any questions regarding Commuter Value Certificates, please contact MCTS at (414) 343-1777.
As a Commuter Value Pass customer, employees are automatically eligible to participate in the Emergency Ride Program. MCTS recognizes that a major obstacle in using our transit services is the rider’s fear of being “stranded” in case of a personal or family emergency. As a result, we created this program to provide alternate transportation for our Commuter Value Program users if an emergency arises and your normal bus service is not readily available.
A CVP participant may utilize the program when an emergency situation develops for the employee or an immediate family member.
• Rides are available between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. through a specified taxi company.
• The participant can quickly get home, to a transit point of origin or to a medical care facility. It is available throughout MCTS’s service area. Since we understand that time is of the essence, we made the program easy to use for the employee and easy to administer for the CVP Coordinator.
• When an emergency arises, the participant just lets his/her CVP work coordinator know of the emergency.
• The coordinator calls the taxi company and gives the participant a voucher to give to the taxi driver. There is minimal paperwork to be completed.
• No money or tip is needed. The participant just needs to fill in informationon the voucher and return it to the coordinator the next day.
Transit is a convenient and reliable form of transportation. The Emergency Ride Program gives that added assurance so you can use transit every day to work.
For more information about Emergency Ride or the other MCTS employer programs, please call MCTS Business Services at (414) 343-1777.
In April 2014, Froedtert Health partnered with the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) to offer the MCTS Commuter Value Program to our staff members.
"The Commuter Value Pass (CVP) provides a cost-effective and stress free form of transportation for staff, especially with the recent construction surrounding Froedtert Hospital due to the Zoo Interchange Project,” said Tomi Vollmann, Benefits Specialist for Froedtert Health.
Froedtert Health combines with the Medical College of Wisconsin to form eastern Wisconsin’s only academic medical center and associated regional health care network. The network’s flagship hospital, Froedtert Hospital, is the primary adult teaching affiliate of the Medical College of Wisconsin. The health care network includes two community hospitals, a community-based medical group and more than 30 primary and specialty care health centers and clinics. The network’s three hospitals have 772 staffed beds, nearly 40,000 annual admissions and more than 900,000 annual outpatient visits. To learn more about Froedert Health & Medical College of Wisconsin, visit www.froedtert.com.
The ASQ headquarters office is located in downtown Milwaukee, on the corner of Plankinton and Wisconsin Avenues. The commute into downtown can be busy, which is why the Commuter Value Pass is a much-appreciated perk that helps staff take public transportation into the heart of the city. "Employees don't have to worry about traffic or parking--they can just ride the bus and it will get them to the office," says Barb Drenski, senior HR generalist at ASQ. "Plus, the ease of enrolling in this program, the tax benefit, and the convenient payroll deductions are just a few of the wonderful advantages of the Commuter Value Pass."
ASQ is a global community of people dedicated to quality who share the ideas and tools that make our world work better. With individual and organizational members around the world, ASQ provides knowledge resources, professional training, networking, and professional certification to individuals and companies. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, ASQ also operates National Service Centers in India, China, and Mexico; a regional service center in the United Arab Emirates; and works with World Partners(r) in more than 20 countries. Visit asq.org to learn more.
Robert W. Baird & Co. joined the MCTS Commuter Value Pass(CVP) program in 2013 to provide associates with a convenient, flexible and reliable transportation option for commuting to and from work. The program offers associates a significant cost savings for utilizing public transportation in Milwaukee. Associates appreciate the eco-friendly and accessible commuting option the CVP provides as well as the straightforward setup of the program.
In Baird’s first year as a partner with the program, more than 30 associates signed up and more associates join each quarter. CVP program participants enjoy the perk of a no hassle commute and also appreciate the convenience the pass offers for evening and weekend leisure activities. Baird is proud to be a partner in a program that not only provides associates with cost savings but also encourages use of Milwaukee’s public transportation, helping to reduce emissions and make Milwaukee a better place for people to live, work and play.
Robert W. Baird & Co., an employee-owned international financial services firm headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., is among FORTUNE® magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For®. Established in 1919, Baird has more than 2,900 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients in the United States, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit Baird’s website at www.rwbaird.com.
Northwestern Mutual has partnered with the Milwaukee County Transit System to offer the Commuter Value Pass (CVP) to employees since 2000. Approximately 12% of employees take advantage of the savings and benefits each year. A valued partner, the company has more riders than any other Milwaukee business involved in the program.
Participation in the CVP program is also a great way to take advantage of everything that Milwaukee has to offer. Northwestern Mutual employees in the program enjoy the unlimited use pass – which helps them get to work, Summerfest, Lakefront festivals, State Fair and other great events without worrying about gas and parking.
Not only does the CVP allow Northwestern Mutual employees to enjoy riding the bus to a wide variety of activities, it also provides the added benefit of reducing emissions associated with daily commuting.
Northwestern Mutual is among the "World's Most Admired" life insurance companies in 2013 according to FORTUNE® magazine and has helped clients achieve financial security for more than 156 years. Their financial representatives build lifelong relationships with clients and help them create and carry out their financial plans.
As a mutual company with $1.4 trillion of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual has no shareholders. The company focuses solely and directly on its clients and seeks to deliver consistent and dependable value to them over time.
To learn more about Northwestern Mutual and how they help their clients, click here.
The Marcus Corporation has always believed their associates are their greatest asset and giving back to their communities is a hallmark of the company. Therefore, their partnership with the Milwaukee County Transit System’s Commuter Value Pass (CVP) program is a win-win – for their associates and the environment. Since joining the CVP program in July 2002, approximately 15% of their corporate staff have chosen to take part. Participation is growing as they offer to subsidize the CVP as a company perk and have received a very positive response.
“When it comes to busy commutes, high gas prices and summer construction, the CVP provides a cost-effective and stress-free form of transportation. Our associates who participate have experienced the great value of the CVP and enjoy its many perks on a daily basis,” said Karen Spindler, director of corporate human resources for The Marcus Corporation. “Not only does it offer time to relax while traveling to and from work, but it comes in handy for nighttime and weekend leisure activities. Marcus Corporation associates have put their bus pass to good use by taking Freeway Flyers to Milwaukee events and activities, such as Summerfest and the State Fair.”
Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, The Marcus Corporation is a leader in the lodging and entertainment industries, with significant company-owned real estate assets. The Marcus Corporation’s theatre division, Marcus Theatres®, currently owns or manages 685 screens at 55 locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and Ohio. The company’s lodging division, Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, owns and/or manages 20 hotels, resorts and other properties in 11 states. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.marcuscorp.com.
Employees at Assurant Health find that the Commuter Value Pass (CVP) is a valued company perk offered by the company since 1997. Currently, 85 employees hold CVP’s, which are subsidized by the company, making it among the largest participants. Located in the heart of downtown since 1900, Assurant Health recently was named a Top Workplace in southeastern Wisconsin by the Journal Sentinel for the second consecutive year. “Assurant Health has a large bus ridership because it makes getting downtown so easy, especially during the construction season. And when gas prices rise, employee participation increases,” said Gwen Johnson, vice president, human resources, at Assurant Health.
“The CVP program helps a lot of employees and has a lot of fans at Assurant Health,” Johnson added. “An attractive factor is that this is an unlimited use pass, it includes the Freeway Flyers, and people can use it to travel to Summerfest or other activities in Milwaukee, not just work. Now that the transit system can accommodate bikes on the front of buses, there’s an added incentive for people who want to ride to their bus stop and then use their bikes for short errands during the day.”
The CVP also is easy to pay for as the cost is deducted automatically from employees’ paychecks twice a month.
Assurant Health is the brand name for a family of health insurance products focused on providing a variety of affordable plan choices to consumers. The portfolio of health care products includes major medical, supplemental and fixed-benefit plans for individuals, families and small employers. For more information, visit www.assuranthealth.com.
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. law firm has a steadfast commitment to protecting, preserving and defending the environment through environmental practice service to clients, as well as through internal green initiatives. The firm subsidizes employee bus transportation with its participation in the MCTS Commuter Value program. The program is an invaluable part of the firm’s commitment to environmentally conscious practices. Firm employees save more than 50,000 commuter miles per year with the Commuter Value Pass and an additional 115,000 miles when counting Commuter Value Certificate use.
For more information about Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. and the legal services they provide, visit gklaw.com.
Maple Ridge Rehabilitation Center’s HR Manager, Sandy Corey, had great things to say about recently joining the Commuter Value Pass (CVP) program; “This is a true Commuter Value Pass! It is a very simple process and a great value to our employees. Any perk we can offer them is a WIN-WIN! I conduct interviews and being able to pass on a savings to a potential new employee is a great incentive.”
When Maple Ridge Rehabilitation Center introduced the CVP program to their employees there was a great deal of interest from those who were already riding the bus to work. With a savings of $34 for a monthly pass, it was an easy sell. Not surprisingly, employees who usually drive to work and occasionally ride the bus took advantage of the CVP as well.
Maple Ridge Health & Rehabilitation Center is a leading provider of long-term skilled nursing care and short-term rehabilitation solutions. The 80 bed facility offers a full continuum of services and care focused around each individual in today’s ever-changing healthcare environment.
To find out more information about Maple Ridge Health & Rehabilitation Center and the care they provide visit: http://www.extendicareus.com/mapleridge/.
John Poehlmann, Co-founder and Principal of Reserve Advisors said the company joined the CVP program to save employees money on transportation to and from work, “We're able to offer an added benefit to our employees that many companies in Milwaukee don't provide for a modest corporate participation investment.” Poehlmann also noted that the program allows them to eliminate expensive monthly parking costs for their employees and reduce pollution caused by one person per auto.
Reserve Advisors has been offering the CVP program for several years now. Thirty percent of their employees in the corporate Milwaukee office participate in the program.
Reserve Advisors is an engineering consulting firm, providing long range capital project forecasts (known as reserve studies) of when building components and other property will wear out and need to be replaced. The company serves the condominium market, country club industry, commercial property owners and nonprofit organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House Charities. They have conducted reserve studies in over 45 states and 30 countries worldwide.
MCTS is proud to have Reserve Advisors as a participant in the Commuter Value Pass program!
To find out more about Reserve Advisors, visit reserveadvisors.com.
If you have questions or comments about any of the MCTS Commuter Value programs, please contact MCTS Business Services at (414) 343-1777 or send us your feedback through e-mail.
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