SB 1339 Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program Update
Latest News on SB 1339 Regulations
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District have both approved the launch of the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program, a joint pilot program that requires employers with 50 or more full-time employees in the Bay Area to offer commuter benefits to their employees. The Air District Board of Directors unanimously approved the program on March 19. Employers subject to the program must select a commuter benefit, register via the program website (commuterbenefits.511.org) and implement their program by September 30, 2014.
Senate Bill 1339, signed into law in fall 2012, authorized the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) and Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to adopt and implement a regional ordinance, known as the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program (Program). The program requires employers with 50 or more full-time employees in the Bay Area to select one of the following four commuter benefit options to offer to their employees:
> The option for employees to pay for their transit or vanpool expenses with pre-tax dollars, as allowed by current federal law;
> A transit or vanpool subsidy to reduce, or cover, employees’ monthly transit or vanpool costs;
> A low-cost or free shuttle, vanpool, or bus service operated by or for the employer; or
- > An alternative method that would be equally as effective as the other options in reducing single-occupant vehicle trips (and/or vehicle emissions).
- The Alliance is working with the MTC and BAAQMD to provide support and guidance to businesses in San Mateo County. We encourage you to read the attached PDFs: Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program Update (page 1) and Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program Update (page 2). If your business or organization has questions about providing pre-tax commute benefits, please contact us at the Alliance and we will guide you through the process.
Media Release 3/26/14: Air District and MTC Approve Commuter Benefits Pilot Program