TIPS FOR EMPLOYERS
Employers play an influential role in their employees’ commute mode decisions. Without realizing it, employers can incentivize driving alone over other modes. There are a number of things employers can do to help employees with their commute and even reduce the demand for parking spaces.
The easiest thing for an employer to do is provide transit and other commute options information on the company’s employee webpages or through internal communications. Including links to transit services and Commute!VA will help employees make an informed decision about their commute.
- TRANSIT AND VANPOOL BENEFITS
Employers may provide a monthly commuter benefit to employees who commute to work using transit (bus or rail) or vanpool. The commuter benefit can be provided as a direct benefit or pre-tax. Per IRS Revenue Procedure 2021-45: the Qualified Transportation Fringe Benefit limit is $280 per month beginning 2022.
- TELEWORK POLICY
DRPT’s Telework!VA program can provide free expert assistance to help start a new or refine an existing telework program. The Telework!VA website provides a one-stop online resource for businesses and employees to make telework a success.
If employee parking is available only by a monthly parking pass, consider using daily parking passes so employees that telework, or ride the bus, carpool or vanpool to the office, can park on days when they drive to work.