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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. 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.
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
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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.
Tax credits for transit and vanpool
The Federal Transportation Equity Act, IRS code 132(f) allows employers to offer payroll tax savings to employees who use transit or vanpool to get to work. The maximum monthly amount an employee may set aside for transportation is $255 and will increase to $260 in January 2018. Qualified parking is also included in the Federal Transportation Equity Act. There is a little something for bicyclists as well. An employee who bicycles to work may be eligible to receive reimbursement of up to $20 a month from their employer for bicycling equipment and repair. Save your receipts as they will be necessary to prove that you incurred expenses for your bicycle commute to work.
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.
Commuter benefits are considered tax-free benefits, not employee wages, so your company can save on average 7.65% in payroll taxes. 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 a whopping 40% on their commuting expenses.
Learn more about these tax credits by visiting Internal Revenue Code Section 132 (f).
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: