Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program

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Bay Area employers with 50 or more employees are now required to register and offer commuter benefits to their employees by September 30, 2014 in order to comply with the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program. Through this program, employers must offer their employees one of four Commuter Benefit options in order to comply with Bay Area Air Quality Management District Regulation 14, Rule 1. Commuter benefits encourage employees to take transit, vanpool, carpool, bicycle and walk rather than drive alone to work.

 

This Program Supports Employers Through:

  • Potential payroll tax savings
  • Enhanced employee recruitment
  • Improved employee retention
  • Reduced employee health costs
  • Reduced employee stress

 

What are my options?

  1. Option 1 — Allow employees to exclude their transit or vanpool costs from taxable income, to the maximum amount, as allowed by federal law (currently $130 per month).
  2. Option 2 — Employer-provided transit or vanpool subsidy up to $75 per month.
  3. Option 3 — Employer-provided free or low cost bus, shuttle or vanpool service operated by or for the employer.
  4. Option 4 — An alternative employer-provided commuter benefit that is as effective as in reducing single occupant vehicles as Options 1-3.

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LESS THAN 50 EMPLOYEES?

Employers with fewer than 50 Bay Area employees may be subject to a local commuter benefits ordinance.

 

The Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program is a partnership of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, managing employer outreach for the Program, and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, developer of Regulation 14, Rule 1: Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program and managing compliance for the Program.