511 Contra Costa Can Help You Promote Employee Commute Alternative Programs
The 511 Contra Costa Employer Based Trip Reduction (EBTR) program provides encouragement initiatives aimed at increasing the number of employees that rideshare, use transit, bike, or walk to work.
Employers and multi-tenant building managers in Contra Costa can register online for a variety of no-cost employer-based commuter transportation support services. There is no obligation, and participation is voluntary. We’re happy to help! Call us at 925-969-0841 x 204
Get the word out!
Actively promote transportation alternatives at your workplace by directing employees to the resources on our website to find information on cycling, carpooling, vanpooling, and taking public transit. Also, consider taking advantage of our services for making your workplace bike friendly.
511 Contra Costa also provides a countywide Guaranteed Ride Home program for those who work in Contra Costa County and use a commute alternative to get to work.
Subscribe to the 511CC Employer Newsletter
The 511CC Employer Newsletter helps you stay up to date on transportation news and regulations, as well as commuter programs and incentives for Contra Costa employers and their employees.
Workshops and consultations
511 Contra Costa offers no-cost lunchtime commuter workshops.
Workshop topics can include:
- Pre-tax benefits for commute expenses
- Teleworking or compressed work week program development
- Obtaining Green Business Certification
- Establishing company-sponsored commuter rewards programs
- Administering employee transportation surveys
- Spreading the word on the many 511 Contra Costa commuter incentive programs
Spread the Word About Commuter Incentives for Your Staff with Free Travel Greener Brochures!
Employees who wish to leave their cars at home and try a ridesharing, transit, bicycling or walking can receive a financial incentive. Request our free brochure to share with your staff.
Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program
Employers with 50 or more full-time employees in the Bay Area are now required to offer commuter benefits to their employees. These benefits must be at least one of the following four options:
- Pre Tax Benefit
- Employer-Provided Subsidy
- Employer-Provided Transit
- Alternative Commuter Benefit
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511 Contra Costa offers personalized reviews of workplace commute practices including parking policies, bicycle parking access, transit stop locations, and helpful ways to reduce the number of your employees who drive alone.
Organize a free transportation information event!
We also partner with transit agencies to organize transportation fairs at worksites to inform employees of regional commuter transportation options and programs. Contact us and request a free transportation fair at your worksite!
|511 Contra Costa hosts commuting infomation fairs at Shadelands Business Park in Walnut Creek (left) and with Brown and Caldwell in Walnut Creek (right).|
Installing bike racks and lockers
Employers and multi-tenant building managers in Contra Costa may be eligible to receive bicycle lockers and racks for use by their employees and the public. We pay for the racks or lockers, you pay for the installation. To read more about bike rack space requirements and placement constraints, download a PDF of our Bike Parking Infrastructure Guidelines.
Commuter Management Software: RideAmigos
Organizations looking to reduce traffic from single-occupancy vehicles, save money on parking costs, or increase employee wellness might consider RideAmigos. Used by thousands of businesses and organizations including municipalities, corporations and universities, their software helps employees coordinate their commutes and empowers them to skip the solo drive. To learn more, visit RideAmigos.com.
Corporate Tax Benefit Information
There are many ways to implement or improve an existing commuter benefit program at little or no cost. If your office is located in any of the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties and you have 50 or more employees (at a single site or at multiple sites) you are required to register with the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program.
Under the Transportation Equity Act, IRS code 132(f), and California state law, employers are allowed to offer payroll tax savings for transportation assistance. Employers also have the option of subsidizing part of their employees’ commuting costs and allowing employees to pay for the remainder with pre-tax dollars.
The IRS has deemed the following monthly amounts allowable for 2019 under tax code IRS 132a:
|Transit or vanpool = $265||Bicycle = $20|
|Qualified Commuter Parking = $265||Combined Parking & Transit Benefit = $265|
Commuter benefits are considered tax-free benefits, not employee wages. Employees who participate in your commuter benefit program don’t have to pay income taxes on the money they set aside for their commute, saving up to 40% on their commuting expenses.
According to NPR’s recent series on telecommuting (or teleworking) more and more employers are discovering that allowing their employees to work from home pays off.
The flexibility allows for parents to play with their children, for employers to retain a higher percentage of employees, and in some cases for employees to be more creative and productive workers.
For each part in NPR’s three-part series on working from home:
- Part 1: When Employers Make Room For Work-Life Balance
- Part 2: The End Of 9-To-5: When Work Time Is Anytime
- Part 3: How To Make Shift Work Family Friendly