Employers Must Implement Commuter Benefits Program by September 30th!

San Francisco Bay Area employers with 50 or more full-time employees within the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) geographic boundaries 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. Commuter benefits encourage employees to take transit, vanpool, carpool, bicycle and walk rather than drive alone to work.

Passed in 2012 the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program requires employers to complete the following tasks by September 30, 2014:

In order to comply with Air District Regulation 14, Rule 1 employers must offer their employees one of the following:
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).
Option 2 — Employer-provided transit subsidy (or transit pass) or vanpool subsidy up to $75 per month;
Option 3 — Employer-provided free or low cost bus, shuttle or vanpool operated by or for the employer;
Option 4 — An alternative employer-provided commuter benefit that is as effective as in reducing single occupant vehicles as Options 1-3. View Option 4 Guide

Download the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program Frequently Asked Questions.

For further information and to register your business visit https://commuterbenefits.511.org/.

To help businesses in Napa County meet this requirement entities like the Solano Napa Commuter Information (SNCI) can help your business meet alternative transportation requirements by providing commute options. For additional information you may contact the Solano Transportation Authority at 800-535-6883 or commuterinfo@sta-snci.com.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) approved the pilot program. These regional agencies are responsible for air quality and transportation planning, respectively, for the nine-county Bay Area, which includes San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

Updated 9/30/14

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