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The goal of the Commute Trip Reduction program is to decrease the number of commute trips made by people driving alone. Providing an employer-based commuting program reduces traffic congestion, air pollution, and fossil fuel consumption.
Employers have found that providing commute choices to their employees improves their “bottom line.” Here’s how reducing employee commute trips can benefit your business.
Finding alternatives to driving alone to work can reduce employee stress and fatigue. Less stress and fatigue translates to better performance at work.
Increased employee satisfaction
Trip reduction programs increase employee satisfaction in several ways.
- Employees save money by sharing rides or using the transit system.
- Alternative work schedules give an employee the flexibility for personal appointments and family events.
- When employees share rides, they work better as a team.
Employees who are given flexibility in their schedules feel better about their jobs, making them more productive. And employees that catch a bus, carpool, or vanpool, are less likely to be late.
Reduces demand for parking spaces
Avoid the expense of adding parking or losing customers. Fewer cars in your parking lot free up spaces so your customers can do business with you.
Expanding labor pool
Not everyone owns a car or can work a fixed schedule. Flexible schedules and support for ridesharing allow more people to apply for jobs and increases your labor pool of qualified candidates. Not only that, but an excellent telecommuting program will draw employees from out of state.
Being recognized as a “good neighbor.”
Businesses making an effort to reduce traffic congestion and improve the environment get noticed. Your community will appreciate you, and you’ll stand out from your competitors.
Attracting and keeping the best employees
Employees often view trip reduction programs as a benefit, and organizations use them when recruiting. A good commuting program gives employers a low-cost method of reducing turnover and improving employee retention.
The IRS permits certain commute trip elements like transit passes to be paid for by an employee using pre-tax income, which equates to lower payroll taxes. And tax-free fringe benefits allow employers to offer employees monetary incentives as well.
Employers and property managers providing commute trip reduction programs incentives are eligible for a credit on their business and occupation (B&O) Tax or Public Utility Tax (PUT) liability.