SB 1339 Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program Update
Latest News on SB 1339 Regulations
Senate Bill 1339, signed into law in fall 2012, authorizes 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 will require 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).
- On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, the Board of Directors of the Air District will conduct a public hearing to consider adoption of the proposed Program, and also to consider adoption of a CEQA Negative Declaration. The hearing will be held in the 7th floor Board Room of the Air District Office, 939 Ellis Street, San Francisco. Air District Board meetings commence at 9:45 a.m. The proposed rule (Regulation 14, Rule 1), a staff report, a socio-economic analysis, and an Initial Study and draft Negative Declaration for CEQA are available on the Air District's web site at: www.baaqmd.gov/commuterbenefits.
- 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 PDF: Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program Update. 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.