Commuter Benefits Program Options

Choose your options:

  • Option 1 — Allow employees to exclude their transit or vanpool costs from taxable income, to the maximum amount, as allowed by federal law (currently $280 per month).
  • Option 2 — Employer-provided transit or vanpool subsidy (or transit pass) shall be equal to either the monthly cost of commuting via transit or vanpool, or seventy-five dollars ($75), whichever is lower.
  • Option 3 — Employer-provided free or low cost bus, shuttle or vanpool service operated by or for the employer.
  • Option 4 — An alternative employer-provided commuter benefit that is as effective as in reducing single occupant vehicles as Options 1-3. View Option 4 Guide
  • Option 5 —A company-wide telework policy allowing telework one or more days a week for all employees whose assignments can be performed remotely. View Option 5 Guide 

In order for an employer to be pre-approved to comply under Option 5: Telework, the employer must not remove existing benefits being offered to employees whose duties cannot be done outside of the worksite. If an employer removes existing commuter benefits already being offered to employees, then Option 5: Telework will need to be approved by the Air District on a case-by-case basis.

Registration Verification

To view an updated list of employers registered with the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program please click here.

• Employers not included on this list could be in the process of registering or may already be registered under the name of a parent company.

• If you believe that your employer is required to register with the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program, but has not done so please submit a formal inquiry to the Air District here.

Need Assistance?

Employer Services Representatives are available in each county to provide free assistance. Please click on the following link based on your employer location or dial 511 and say "Commuter Benefits."

Commuter Benefits Resources and Local TDM Programs

511 Commuter Benefits Specialist
commuterbenefits@511.org
Dial 511 and say “Commuter Benefits

Central/East Contra Costa
Laurie Talbert
ltalbert@511contracosta.org
925-788-6035

West Contra Costa
Coire Reilly
creilly@wcctac.org
510-210-5932

Southwest Contra Costa
Darlene Amaral
damaral@sanramon.ca.gov
925-973-2655

  • 511 Contra Costa is a county-wide program that strives to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality by providing the public with information, resources, and tools that promote mobility options beyond driving alone.

  • 511 Contra Costa offers employer and employee support, alternative commute mode incentives, school-based transit programs, educational campaigns, and a guaranteed ride home program for commuters. For more information, visit 511contracosta.org.

V-Commute Program
Diana Meehan
dmeehan@nvta.ca.gov
707-259-8327

  • The Napa Valley V-Commute Program offers Guaranteed Ride Home, Bucks for Bikes and Ride Share coordination through the Ride Amigos platform. For more information, click here.

San Francisco Department of the Environment
CommuteSmart Team

  • For San Francisco employers with 20 or more employees nationwide please visit the SF Environment: San Francisco Commuter Benefits Ordinance page.
  • For Employers with 50 or more full-time employees in the San Francisco Bay Area, please contact:
    511 Commuter Benefits Specialist
    commuterbenefits@511.org
    Dial 511 and say “Commuter Benefits
  • The City and County of San Francisco offers a variety of commuter benefits for residents, businesses, and city staff. For more information, click here.

Commute.org
Employer Engagement Team
alliance@commute.org
650-588-8170 

511 Commuter Benefits Specialist
commuterbenefits@511.org
Dial 511 and say “Commuter Benefits

Solano Mobility
Katelyn Costa
kcosta@sta.ca.gov
707-399-3218

511 Commuter Benefits Specialist
commuterbenefits@511.org
Dial 511 and say “Commuter Benefits

The Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program is a partnership of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, managing employer outreach for the Program, and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, developer of Regulation 14, Rule 1: Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program and managing compliance for the Program.

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