LUUMINARY21 | 6.8.21

Employer Panel:

Essential Workforce Commute


What We Can Learn From The Essential Workforce Commute

Throughout the pandemic, our health and economy have been maintained by the efforts of those whose jobs are considered “essential.” Healthcare heroes and frontline workers have been in desperate demand, and employers have been challenged to provide safe and productive environments. The commute to an essential job must be safe, efficient, and the least of an employee’s concerns.

This session is about how several employers with an essential workforce have met the commuting challenge through the pandemic, what they learned through this time, and how they plan to integrate lessons into future strategies.

The Panelists

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Tod Sturgeon | Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Transportation Program Coordinator

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Camila Terceros | Swedish Hospital

Manager for Transportation, Parking and Commuting Services

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Melvin Justice | Tesla

Senior Transportation Project Manager

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By creating more flexible commute policies and benefits, Expedia Group was able to:


  • Improve employee commute satisfaction
  • Achieve a 46% drop in single occupancy commuters
  • Increase use of all sustainable commute options​​​

Luuminary21 | Poll Results

Melvin Justice


I would say when it comes to your parking, no matter if it’s paid for or not. It’s all about equity.

Lightning Round

If you have a magic wand, what is your one wish for the future of commuting at your organization?

Camila – Okay. So, if I had a magic wand, my one wish would be that we are some way, somehow carless.

Tod - You know, my biggest complaint is always the difficulty of getting people from the east to the west and back from the west to the east in Seattle on transit. With our hourglass-shaped city, a lot of our commuters have to go from a northern home down into downtown, transfer a bus, and then go back up to get to our location. And that turns a lot of people off of transit. I can get here -- it’s 25 miles from my house, I can get there in about an hour. But a person that is only five miles away can take 45 to 50 minutes because of that.

Melvin - I think just SOV, man, let that thing just dissipate. If we got rid of the SOV I think that would be the godsend for everyone.

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