Employers – Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program
As of September 30, 2014, Bay Area employers with 50 or more full-time employees within the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) geographic boundaries are required to register and offer commuter benefits to their employees in order to comply with Air District Regulation 14, Rule 1, also known as the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program.
Employers must select one of four Commuter Benefit options to offer their employees:
Step 1: if you have not registered, do so as soon as possible;
Step 2: offer benefits to employees if you have not yet;
Step 3: request an extension from the Air District if you need more time to offer benefits.
Employers that need an extension to offer commuter benefits should contact the Air District at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the email, please indicate the reason for the extension and specify the date by which benefits will be offered to employees. Please include your employer ID # if you have this available. If you need assistance with the employer ID #, contact your local Employer Services Representative.
This Program Supports Employers Through:
- Potential payroll tax savings
- Enhanced employee recruitment
- Improved employee retention
- Reduced employee health costs
- Reduced employee stress
Employers, Already Registered?
Program News and Highlights
- Annual Update to Employer Registration
- View Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program 9/17/14 Webinar
- View Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program 7/29/14 Webinar
(Download Slides) (Download Q&A)
- Bay Area Air Quality Management Advisory - Field Employees
- Option 1 Tutorial Option 3 Tutorial
- Option 2 Tutorial Option 4 Tutorial
- Impact of Congressional Action on Transit Benefit for 2014 & 2015
What Are The Steps To Register?
- Designate commuter benefits coordinator
- Click registration button
- Create username and password
- Select a commuter benefit option
- Notify employees
- Deadline – September 30, 2014: Register Now
San Jose State University
This employer has selected Option #1, allowing employees to exclude their transit or vanpool cost from taxable income. This employer also has the following secondary measures (which are not required) available to employees:
- Employer-Specific Carpool Match Service
- Secure, On-Site Bicycle Parking
Employer Services Representatives are available in each county to provide free assistance. Please click on the following link based on your employer location or call 511 and say "Commuter Benefits."