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The Federal Clean Air Act is one of a number of pieces of legislatin relating to the reduction of smog and air pollution in general.

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Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program

The Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program (Program) requires all employers with 50 or more full-time employees in the Bay Area to provide commuter benefits to their employees. To comply with the Program, employers must select one (or more) of four commuter benefit options, notify employees about how to take advantage of the benefit, and register with the Program  by September 30, 2014.

The Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program (Program) will help to:

  • promote the use of alternative commute modes, such as transit, ridesharing, biking and walking;
  • reduce motor vehicle travel;
  • reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants;
  • improve air quality and protect public health;
  • reduce traffic congestion; and
  • save money for employers and employees by expanding the use of the commuter tax benefit provisions in the federal tax code.

To register with the Program or for additional information about the Program, please visit the Commuter Benefits webpage on 511.org.  

What's New? - Latest information about the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program

The Air District issued a Compliance Advisory on June 12, 2014. The purpose of the Compliance Advisory was to clarify that "field employees" whose primary job responsibilities are at temporary job site(s), and who do not report to the employer's home office or other permanent job location, are not covered by the Program. Employers are not required to include field employees in their count of full-time employees, or to provide a commuter benefit to field employees as defined. Note: Employees who report to the employer's main office to pick up an employer-provided vehicle for use in the field are not considered field employees. Although employers are not required to provide a commuter benefit to field employees, they may choose to do so on a voluntary basis.

Background

The Program was developed by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) in collaboration with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), pursuant to Senate Bill 1339 (codified as Section 65081 of the California Government Code). The Program is based on an Air District regulation: Regulation 14, Rule 1: Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program. The regulation was adopted by unanimous vote of the Air District Board of Directors on March 19, 2014 and ratified by the MTC Commission on March 26, 2014. Key documents related to Regulation 14, Rule 1 are provided below:

Contact commuterbenefits@baaqmd.gov for comments or questions.

 

Last Updated: 6/18/2014