Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has received its 11th consecutive Regional Rideshare Diamond Award from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the Ventura County Transportation Commission.

Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that operates Los Angeles International Airport and three other Southern California airports, received this year’s award for “Most Outstanding Overall Program,” airport officials said.

The agency’s multifaceted LAWA Rideshare program includes 63 subsidized vanpools, 69 carpools, public transit incentives, bicycle facilities, commuter advocacy, marketing activities and special events to recruit and retain program participants.

It distributes LAX FlyAway, Metro, and EZ Regional monthly transit passes onsite and free of charge to its employees who commute to work by bus or rail.

As a result, employee participation in the Transit Program at LAX has doubled from January 2005 to the present.

Currently, Los Angeles World Airports is distributing over 200 Metro passes and over 30 LAX FlyAway passes each month, and 400 employees are vanpooling. Twenty-two percent of LAX employees and 21 percent of all LAWA employees are actively participating in one of the agency’s rideshare programs, airport officials said.

This voluntary program is considered one of the most comprehensive commuter benefits programs offered by an employer in Southern California, officials said.

The LAWA Rideshare programs save more than 1,400 vehicle trips per day; 6.5 million commute miles per year; and 500,000 gallons of gasoline annually, as well as thousands of dollars in insurance and vehicle depreciation costs and countless hours spent on Southern California’s over-burdened freeways, airport officials said.

In addition, LAWA Rideshare programs eliminate nearly eight million pounds of air emissions annually, according to officials.

Last year, the department received a national award from the Association for Commuter Transportation for “Outstanding Service in the Public Sector” and a gold medal in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Best Workplaces for Commuters Race to Excellence.”

LAX is the only airport in the country to have received either of these awards, according to officials.

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