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Established by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) under Regulation 14, Rule 1, the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program requires all employers with 50 or more full-time employees in the Bay Area to provide commuter benefits to their employees, with the goals of:

  • Promoting the use of public transit, ridesharing, biking, and walking
  • Reducing motor vehicle travel and traffic congestion
  • Reducing GHG emissions and other air pollutants 
  • Improving air quality and public health
  • Saving money for employees and employers
Commuter Benefit Options
To comply with the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program, employers must register and offer one of the four following Commuter Benefit Options to their employees by September 30, 2014:
  1. Allow employees to exclude their transit of vanpool costs from taxable income, to the maximum amount, as allowed by federal law (currently $13/month).
  2. Employer-provided transit subsidy (or transit pass) or vanpool subsidy of up to $75/month.
  3. Employer-provided free or low cost bus, shuttle, or vanpool service operated by or for the employer.
  4. An alternative employer-provided commuter benefit that is as effective in reducing single occupant vehicles as Options 1-3.
Visit the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program to learn more.