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Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program - Effective September 30

September 08, 2014

Reminder to Bay Area employers with 50 or more full-time employees who work 20+ hours per week: the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program, established by California SB 1339, becomes effective September 30, 2014 (earlier announcement on Berliner Cohen website April 2, 2014).

Senate Bill 1339, signed into law in fall 2012, authorized the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) and Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to adopt and implement a regional ordinance, known as the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program (Program).  The program requires employers with 50 or more full-time employees in the Bay Area to select one of the following four commuter benefit options to offer to their employees:

  • The option for employees to pay for their transit or vanpool expenses with pre-tax dollars, as allowed by current federal law;
  • A transit or vanpool subsidy to reduce, or cover, employees’ monthly transit or vanpool costs;
  • A low-cost or free shuttle, vanpool, or bus service operated by or for the employer; or
  • An alternative method that would be equally as effective as the other options in reducing single-occupant vehicle trips (and/or vehicle emissions).

Click here for the Employer Guide.