City of Flagstaff Employee Transportation Options
The City of Flagstaff has numerous transportation programs for employees.
We want to help make your commute easier, healthier, and less stressful, whichever mode you choose. Click on the tabs below to explore each employee program.
- EcoPasses - free Mountain Line bus system passes for employees.
- Employee parking - how to get a permit if you work downtown.
- Parking reduction incentive - if you free up a parking spot for someone else, you can receive benefits.
- Employee bike fleet - take a City Fleet Bike to meetings around town.
- Wheeler Park fix-It stand - have a flat tire or need to fix your bike? Stop by the fix-it stand.
Why try a different commute?
Biking, walking or taking the bus to work can have the following benefits:
- Save money on gas and car maintenance.
- Increasing your physical activity by 15 minutes per day (through riding a bike or walking to the bus stop) can increase productivity, improve mental health and help with your physical health goals.
- When fewer people drive, it reduces the demand for parking in downtown Flagstaff, making room for those who must drive.
- Walking, biking and taking the bus reduces the City's greenhouse gas emissions and shrinks your own personal carbon footprint.
For information on how to get around Flagstaff, check out MoveMeFLG.
Want help riding the bus or finding new FUTS trails? MoveMeFLG has information on walking, biking, the MountainLine, VanPool, parking, and more.
- EcoPASS (MountainLine)
- Parking Reduction Incentives
- Employee Bike Fleet
- Walking and Biking
- Wheeler Park Fix-It Stand
An EcoPass is a Mountian Line city bus pass provided at no charge to all City employees. EcoPasses work on all Mountain Line bus routes, and can be used any time including weekends and outside of work hours.
Why use an EcoPass?
The EcoPass can save you money on commuting to work. It could also be used to get around Flagstaff outside of work hours. The EcoPass also helps reduce wear and tear on your vehicle, cuts gas consumption, reduces traffic congestion, reduces air pollution, and can help you relax on your way to work while someone else drives.
How to ride:
- For information on the Mountain Line bus system, routes, and to plan your bus trip to work, see https://mountainline.az.gov.
- You can even plan out ANY trip using the bus by clicking on the bus icon in google maps directions mode.
- MountainLine has an excellent phone app that makes riding the bus incredibly easy - you can see real-time locations of busses and map your trip. The App is available on android and apple phones.
Or learn more about the Mountain Line Bus system at MoveMeFLG.
To obtain an ecoPASS:
- Stop by the Sustainability Section to pick up an EcoPass from staff members during any workday (8am - 4pm). The Sustainability Section is located in the old Mogollon Public Works Yard at 419 N Mogollon Street. You can also email email@example.com to arrange a pick-up.
- New employees receive an EcoPass during new employee orientation.
EcoPASS program rules:
- EcoPasses may not be given to anyone else.
- Do not punch a hole in your EcoPass.
- Employees must carry their City of Flagstaff employee ID whenever using the EcoPass. Drivers can confiscate passes if no employee ID can be presented.
- If you are a temporary employee and do not have an employee ID, your name will be written on the back of your pass, and identification should be carried at all times.
- If your EcoPass is lost, email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to report and cancel the lost card. There is a $3 replacement fee for all lost passes.
If you want to know more about EcoPass or would like to obtain a pass, contact email@example.com.
Parking Reduction Incentives
Sign up for the 2019-2020 program HERE.
What are Parking Reduction Incentives?
The City of Flagstaff provides rewards to employees who volunteer to forego parking privileges at downtown City facilities.
Benefits of this program:
- Every employee who does not drive to work frees up a parking space for other employees to park.
- Incentives for not parking are much less costly than building and maintaining new parking, which costs a minimum of $5,000 per space.
- Parking reduction creates community benefits while building more parking lots has negative impacts on the environment and traffic.
How the program works:
- Employees volunteer to forfeit one or two designated days of parking for 12 months (October 1, 2018, through September 30, 2019).
- Employees who forego one parking-day per week for the full year will receive a $200 incentive OR one paid day off.
- Employees who forego two parking-days per week for the full year may receive a $400 incentive OR one paid day off and $200.
- Employees who forego three parking-days per week for the full year may receive a $600 incentive OR one paid day off and $400.
- Employees receiving the reward agree to not drive a car to work and to not utilize residential parking areas around downtown, in lieu of parking at City Hall. This program is to reduce parking needs, not to relocate them.
How can you take advantage of this program:
There are many ways to get to work without driving alone. Employees can carpool, riding with a co-worker or another person who drives downtown. Walking is a refreshing way to start your day. Employees can take the Mountain Line bus for free, using the ecoPASS card provided by the City! See the other tabs on this page for information on different ways to get to work, or explore MoveMeFLG.com.
For the incentives summary and an FAQ document, click HERE.
Sign up for the 2019-2020 program HERE.
Employee Bike Fleet
What is the employee bike fleet program?
Employee bikes are an additional transportation option for City employees to use.
Why use an employee fleet vehicle?
Employee fleet bikes are a great option for nearby appointments or meetings. Instead of reserving and using a fleet or pool vehicle, bikes can be just as fast for short trips, and reduce the City's fuel consumption and costs. The bikes also provide an opportunity for employees to get physical activity throughout the word day. This program also reduces the demand for parking in downtown parking lots.
Where are the bikes located?
Currently, there are 17 bikes located at various City office locations, such as City Hall, the Aquaplex, the public works yard, Hal Jensen, the Cherry building, the police station, east library, Visitors Center, and Parks.
More about the bike fleet program:
This program is made possible due to our partnerships with local Flagstaff businesses. Absolute Bikes, a local bike shop in Flagstaff, generously donates the maintenance service and safety checks for the bike fleet. The fleet bikes are purchase used from a local bike tour company at a discounted rate.
If you want to know more or need help checking out bikes, contact Jenny Niemann at JNiemann@flagstaffaz.gov or (928) 213-2150
Walking is an amazing way to get around town. Everyone is a pedestrian at some point in their day - even if it is just walking from your car to your building.
There are a lot of great ways to walk around Flagstaff:
- There are 56 miles of perfect walking trails right here in Flagstaff - the Flagstaff Urban Trail System - or, FUTS!
- Our Open Space areas, Picture Canyon and Observatory Mesa, provide excellent walking opportunities in beautiful natural settings.
- If you're looking to get more physical activity during the workday, you can host walking meetings with a coworker when appropriate, discussing ideas while you walk at a slow pace. Walking can help you be more creative and productive!
For more information on walking in Flagstaff, see the many resources at https://www.movemeflg.com/walking
Want to bike more in Flagstaff? We can help!
- A great place to start biking is the 56 miles of trails inside Flagstaff - the Flagstaff Urban Trail System - FUTS.
- See the Employee Bike Fleet tab (above) to learn about how you can use City Fleet bicycles to get around town or between meetings.
- See the Wheeler Park Fix-It Stand tab (above) to learn about how we've got any tools you might need to fix a flat or other issue, right downtown.
- The Flagstaff Police Department even has a bicycle safety training class! Learn more here.
For many more resources related to biking, see the Flagstaff biking site here: https://www.movemeflg.com/bicycling
What is bike share:
Bike share provides a low-cost transportation option for City employees as well as community members. Bike share will provide any resident or visitor to Flagstaff with the option to easily rent a bike for short, one-way trips. In this way, bike share helps expand Flagstaff's transportation options, take meaningful climate action, and grow and strengthen a more equitable and resilient economy.
The City is working to bring a new bike share program to Flagstaff, based off of lessons learned from the 2018 SPIN bike share pilot.
Bike FIX-IT Stand
Wheeler Park has a bike fix-it stand!
- The station is located in Wheeler Park, at the northwest corner of the parking lot.
- It is available for all employees, and members of the public, to use.
- It has a bike pump for both types of bike tires - presta and schrader.
What is a FIX-IT Stand:
A FIX-IT Stand is a bike repair station. It includes all the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat tire to adjusting brakes. The tools are securely attached to the stand with stainless steel cables and tamper-proof fasteners.
How it works:
The FIX-IT station is located at Wheeler Park. You can hang your bike from the hanger arms. This allows the pedals and wheels to spin freely while making adjustments. There are a variety of tools located on the inside of the stand which can be used to fix a variety of bike issues.
There is also a separate, high-quality for bike pump, that works on all tires - both presta and schrader tubes.
Why have a FIX-IT Stand:
This FIX-It stand provides an incentive for City employees as well as Flagstaff community members, to use their personal bikes to commute around town. This stand alleviates that barrier that would otherwise prevent City employees from biking to work in fear that they may need to tune up their bike to commute home.
Other FIX-IT information:
This station was provided by the City of Flagstaff - TeamWell, through a scholarship by the NAPEBT Wellness Incentive Program. Thanks to Flagstaff Parks and Recreation for their partnership on this new feature!