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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 here for a variety of no-cost employer-based commuter transportation support services. There is no obligation, and participation is voluntary.
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.
Workshops and consultations
511 Contra Costa offers no-cost lunchtime commuter workshops. If you are interested in having us provide a workshop give us a call at 925.969.0841 ext. 204. We’re happy to help!
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
Is your company relocating?
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. Contact us at 925.969.0841 ext. 204 to learn more.
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.
Public transit and vanpool tax credits
Did you know that public transit riders and vanpoolers can set aside up to $255 of pre-tax income per month? And up to up to $510 per month for both public transportation and qualified parking. Bicyclists can set aside up to $20 a month. The employer must have the pre-tax withholding option in place in order to take advantage of these tax credits. For further information on how to set up the pre-tax program at your worksite, we suggest speaking with your company’s payroll or human resources specialist and visiting the IRS websites listed below.
Learn more about these tax credits by visiting Internal Revenue Code Section 132 (F), as amended by TEA-21, Title IX, Section 910.