Monday, May 24, 2021

The Air District and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission are announcing a new compliance option for the regional Commuter Benefits Program. In addition to the four options employers can currently choose to comply with the regional commuter program, employers can now choose Option 5: Telework. 

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This new compliance option can be used to comply with the regional Commuter Benefits Program as long as commuter benefits are not removed from employees who are unable to work remotely, and it is offered one or more days per week

Climate change continues to impact air quality in California and the Bay Area. This last year, employers and employees learned how to remain productive while working from home, reducing commuter related air pollution and congestion.

Also, today the Air District is launching Flex Your Commute a new messaging program targeted to Bay Area companies. This new program will encourage partnerships between employers and employees to rethink how the workforce commutes. Studies have shown employees are more willing to make commuting changes when encouraged by their employer. The Flex Your Commute program will provide messaging and tools to help motivate employees to choose alternatives to driving alone to work.

Carpooling, public transportation, vanpools, bicycling, walking, and teleworking are flexible choices Bay Area employees have when planning daily commutes. Together the new Commuter Benefits Program Option 5: Telework and the Flex Your Commute program will encourage sustainable commute choices as the Bay Area transitions back to the workplace. 

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Last Updated: 5/24/2021