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Commuter Tax Benefits

Commuter Tax Benefits

Did you know you can pay for certain commute costs with pre-tax (Internal Revenue Code Section 132 (F), as amended by TEA-21, Title IX, Section 91) dollars and reap the benefits every day? As of January 1, 2016 under Section 132(F) of federal tax code, an employer can offer its employees up to $255 per month for transit or vanpool costs, and up to $255 in qualified parking costs, and up to $20 for bicycling costs.

Here’s how to take advantage of the benefit:

  • Find out if your employer offers Commuter Tax Benefits. Your Human Resources staff should be able to tell you. If they don’t, you can see if they’ll consider offering it. Or, you can contact SNCI 800-535-6883 and we’ll contact your employer about the program.
  • If you are driving a van, but your vanpool is not registered with our Regional Ridematch Service, you may be missing out on some of these great benefits.
  • Make sure you’re using a qualifying commute alternative. The benefit is available to commuters who are in a vanpool, take public transit or use qualified parking. (Carpooling is unfortunately not a qualified alternative because it is difficult to account for its costs.)

For Employers

With Pre-Tax Commuter Benefits

Your Employees will:

  • Have easy access to pre-tax dollars – up to $255 monthly – for most commuting costs.
  • Save up to 40% in transit-related expenses.
  • Help reduce carbon emissions by leaving their cars at home.

Your Company will:

  • Enhance its wage and benefit compensation without adding to its financial and administrative obligations.
  • Bolster its recruitment and retention programs and stay competitive.
  • Reduce its payroll taxes.
  • Save on costly capital outlays and maintenance of parking facilities.
  • Reinforce its commitment to environmental concerns and corporate sustainability.

Go Go Grandparent Helps with Senior Mobility Options

One of the goals of the Solano Mobility Call Center is to serve as a mobility resource for commuters, persons with disabilities, and seniors.  This includes informing the public of various mobility services available to them.  Go Go Grandparent is a relatively new program established to assist seniors in planning their trips through on-demand transportation companies like Uber and Lyft.

This program was presented and discussed at a meeting of the Consolidated Transportation Services Agency (CTSA) and the STA Board.  Go Go Grandparent has been added to the Solano Mobility Call Center list of available mobility services.  Call 800-535-6883 to learn more about this new service.

Solano Mobility Partners with Lyft for a First Last Mile Solution

STA’s Solano Mobility staff is working with several employers located in the Solano Business Park (adjacent to SR 12) to assist in providing first and last mile service for their employees that use the Capitol Corridor via the Suisun-Fairfield Amtrak Station.  Solano Mobility staff conducted a survey of employees of Solano County and Jelly Belly.

Survey results showed a need and desire for a connecting route as well as transportation alternatives to driving alone to work. The STA Board authorized the development of a first and last mile pilot between the Suisun-Fairfield Amtrak Station and up to a half-dozen interested employers located adjacent to the Solano Business Park.  The First/Last Mile Pilot launched on May 1, 2017. STA will assess the effectiveness of this first and last mile service to determine if it has broader application to other locations in Solano County.   For more information call the Solano Mobility Call Center at 800-535-6883.