Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that operates Los Angeles International Airport, recently received its 14th prestigious Rideshare Diamond Award in 12 years for its employee transportation program.

Airport officials said the award, presented by a coalition of leading Southern California rideshare organizations, also recognized the agency’s continuing commitment to reducing its number of single-occupancy trips, and the development of many internal programs designed to reduce single-occupancy trips to, from and within its three airports.

The coalition, which consists of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Authority, the Ventura County Transportation Commission and the Orange County Transportation Authority, presented the award in the Innovative Rideshare Strategy category after LAWA transitioned its Rideshare Program to a nearby office building near LAX that now houses approximately 350 of its employees.

The airport department’s multifaceted Rideshare Program involves subsidized vanpools, carpools, public-transit incentives and bicycling, as well as marketing and advocacy activities to recruit and retain the program’s participants.

Overall, approximately 25 percent of LAWA employees participate in its Rideshare Program, while the national average for employees commuting via alternative transportation is about 10 percent, airport officials note. Officials estimate that the program results in a savings of more than 1,400 vehicle trips to and from LAWA facilities daily.

LAWA also distributes monthly transit passes at no cost to employees who commute to work by bus or rail. In addition, many of LAWA’s employees and tenants bike to work, officials said.

“All LAWA employee commuter options help lessen the number of single-passenger vehicles on our roads, which contributes to improved air quality and reduced traffic congestion,” LAWA Rideshare Manager Devon Deming said. “These options help employees save significant money, especially given today’s high gasoline prices.”

Airport officials additionally estimate that the Rideshare Program saves more than seven million commuter miles per year, and 500,000 gallons of gasoline annually.

LAWA credits the LAX FlyAway Program as another major contributor to the effort to reduce ground traffic at the airport.

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