Successful Commute Programs. Critical components include: An active and informed Employee Transportation Coordinator (you!) Guaranteed ride home Parking management Incentives or subsidies for non-drive alone commuting . What is a Commute Subsidy?.
Critical components include:
Amount and eligibility requirements of any subsidy are the employer’s decision. Considerations:
Bus, Rail - Share the cost of or give employees a transit pass or tickets; allow employees to use pre-tax income to purchase pass
Vanpool - Share cost of or give employees a transit pass; discount or give parking; allow employees to use pre-tax income to pay fare
Carpool - Give cash or other incentive; discount or give parking
Bicycling & Walking - Give cash or other incentive, bicycle, walking shoes
Annual transit pass
Purchase for all employees
Price is based on where company is located and estimated ridership.
$4.75 face value = all zone fare
Monthly, 3-month or annual transit pass
Purchase as many or as few passes as needed for employees who use transit
Price is based on transit trip length
$1.75 - $4.75 face values determines trip length
FlexPass – Puget Pass Comparison
Valid on regular Metro and Sound Transit bus service and Sounder Commuter Rail.
500 or more employees: options include Home Free Guarantee (HFG), vanpool, CT and PT.
Less than 500 employees includes: $75/mo. Vanpool, $20/mo. Vanshare and HFG
Valid on Metro Transit, Community Transit, Everett Transit, Pierce Transit, Sound Transit and Sounder Commuter Rail.
Can include ferry
Order and distribute passes annually with user (employee) agreement
Employer must subsidize 50 – 100% of the cost of each pass
Annual Survey required for 500+ passes
Order and distribute passes monthly to employees
No requirement for employer subsidy
months and are renewable
One Regional Card for All
Fare payment card using smart chip technology
Tap at payment reader
Many revalue options
Puget Pass, Commuter bonus vouchers ~~> Business Choice
FlexPass ~~> Business Passport
Transition begins Spring 2009
Businesses will be contacted by their transit agency regarding conversion
Businesses with annual agreements will be converted by their renewal date
Up to $200,000 per employer per year
Up to $2.75 million state-wide per year
Apply through the Washington State Department of Revenue
Must apply in January for previous year’s expenses
The City of Seattle Employee Hours Tax or 'head tax'
Taxes employers $25 for each employee working within the City of Seattle.
The City bills employers for the tax in December with Business & Occupation taxes.
Businesses may claim an exemption for each employee who commutes by non-drive alone modes 80% of the time.