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We're on the move to connect businesses with transportation solutions.

Help us Build the Network!


  • Jim Barr, Director of Transportation & Parking, University of Vermont  
  • Charlie Zea, Security Services, Fletcher Allen  
  • Christina Erickson, Sustainability Coordinator, Champlain College  
  • Bernie Ferenc, CCRPC  
  • Jennifer Green,
    Sustainability Coordinator,
    City of Burlington   

   County ETCs: 

  • Ali Kenney, Director of Global Sustainability, Burton Snowboards   
  • Laura Frazier, Community Health Centers of Burlington   
  • Michael Rooney,
    Executive Vice President,
    RingMaster Software Corporation 
  • Chris Lyon,  Community Specialist, HR,  Seventh Generation
  • Karla Munson, Program Coordinator, Hinesburg Rides
  • Christine Kucipeck, Operations Manager, Gardener's Supply Co. 
  • Lisa Jensen, Working Bridges Resource Coordinator, United Way of Chittenden County



October 2013

Dear ,

Welcome to the ETC Network!  We're glad that you've decided to join a neighborhood of businesses interested in encouraging their employees to get out of their cars and into walking, biking, carpooling, vanpooling and public transit!


The goal of the Network is to provide a forum for like-minded individuals, working at progressive businesses like yours, to discuss the challenges and successful strategies of commuter programs at their workplace. In addition, this forum will enable businesses located in the same geographical areas and transportation corridors to meet and explore opportunities to plan cooperative multi-modal and parking options that work for your respective areas.  


CATMA has been working to reduce traffic congestion and parking demand for Champlain College, Fletcher Allen and University of Vermont for over 20 years with much success. One strategy that has worked well for CATMA is having key partnerships within our member employers, who serve as Employee Transportation Coordinators (ETCs).  Essentially, ETCs are a point of contact for CATMA and for employees, in order to promote alternate modes of travel. CATMA is now expanding our ETC network in Chittenden County due to our experience and success, and we are thrilled to have you on board.

We are planning an ETC event this fall on November 19th, but in the meantime, please
take a few minutes and peruse the new Go! Chittenden County website at This website offers a busload of information about the organizations in your community who provide services to support your employees' commute to work or around town, along with a variety of tools and materials.

ETC Responsibilities

We're excited that  has decided to join our ETC Network. Depending on the time available and the level of commitment by your business, key activities might include:

  • Act as the point of contact for employees as well as for transportation providers     
  • Encourage the use of alternative commuting options     
  • Promote transportation events at business meetings, via email, newsletters etc. Check the Go!Chittenden County website for current events     
  • Encourage carpooling: offer preferred spaces to those who carpool     
  • Promote Go!Vermont's ride-matching services
  • Facilitate the purchase and/or distribution of bus passes directly with CCTA ( 
  • Provide information about bike paths, walking options, bus schedules, and CarShare Vermont.
  • Offer flexible work hours: they help with bus schedules and may avoid peak traffic periods
  • Offer telecommuting
  • Make on-site improvements such as bike racks, covered bike parking, shower facilities, and lockers 
  • Provide a transportation kiosk or bulletin board 
  • Communicate your needs to transportation providers 

Why Offer Commuter Options?


Providing commuter options and programs  benefits both employers and employees.   


Benefits to Your Business

  • Reduces traffic and parking congestion from single occupant vehicles (SOVs)
  • Reduces real estate dedicated to parking and costs associated with parking maintenance
  • Enhances employer benefits package
  • Improves recruitment and retainment of skilled employees
  • Increases job satisfaction, employee productivity and morale due to reduced stress, tardiness and absenteeism associated with commuting difficulties
  • Improves employee health
  • Increases and improves access to/within your business, district or corridor - thus helping to solve local transportation challenges
  • Demonstrates that your organization is contributing to livable communities and quality of life
  • Improves local and regional air quality  
  • Enhances corporate image
  • Improves neighborhood relations
  • Provides a sustainable commuter program

Benefits for your Employees

  • Reduces fuel costs
  • Reduces wear and tear and auto maintenance costs
  • Increases social opportunities 
  • Improves health - walking, biking or getting to a bus stop burns calories and provides exercise
  • Provides more time to read, listen to music or relax
  • Contributes to the sense of community and being part of the solution
  • Provides opportunity to win prizes, earn rewards
  • Provides opportunity to reduce vehicle ownership 
  • Provides opportunity to have fun!



Thank you for your enthusiasm and efforts!  If you know of other businesses that might be interested in joining our ETC Network, please tell them to contact:


Janet Botula 

656.7433 ext. 6 





CATMA Team: 
Janet Botula, Project Coordinator
Katie Martin, Program & Outreach Manager
Sandy Thibault, Executive Director