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Congress Passes Tax Extension Legislation

Congress Passes Tax Extension Legislation

Legislation Includes Provision to Retroactively Extend Parity for 2014 - No Impact on 2015

The 113th Congress closed on December 16, 2014, but not before the Senate cleared legislation that extends more than fifty tax provisions that expired at the end of 2013. The action Congress has taken retroactively extends these provisions for 2014, but does not extend them into 2015. Included in this legislation is a provision that retroactively extends the transit benefit for 2014. As a result, the transit/vanpool benefit for 2014 will retroactively increase from $130/month to $250/month.

 

The provision will have little impact on commuters, as employees are only able to take advantage of the provision if their employer withheld above the monthly caps. ACT member and transit benefit provider Edenred has provided a primer that explains retroactive transit benefits (PDF).

 

"ACT is disappointed that Congress was unable to come to an agreement that would provide certainty for millions of commuters," said ACT Executive Director Mark Wright. "Retroactive action does nothing to promote transportation options and provides confusion and administrative headaches. However, we appreciate the efforts made at the end of the 113th Congress and are encouraged by the bipartisan action and support that has been taken to date. We look forward to continuing to work with Congress and hope to find a solution early in the new Congress."

Rethink Your Commute

Commute.org's New Video Encourages Commuters to Rethink Their Commute

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The team at Commute.org invites you to watch our short video that encourages people who commute to, from or through San Mateo County to use alternatives to get to and from work.
 
Please share the video with your colleagues and family members. Even using an alternative once a week makes a difference!

 Link to the video on our YouTube channel

 

 

 

Safe Bicycling Handbook

New Edition of  Safe Bicycling in San Mateo County Now Available

FINAL SBSM-2014-WEB Front CoverThe 2014 edition of Safe Bicycling in San Mateo County, a popular handbook for new and experienced bicyclists, is now available at Commute.org in both digital and print.

The 36-page booklet provides bicyclists “above 12 years of age” tips on riding safely and bicycling to transit, options for bicycle parking and storage, and more. The revised edition offers information on new laws and bicyclist’s responsibilities, current road etiquette, and important websites including DMV, local transit agencies and bike organizations. New safety tips include the basics on CPSC-rated bike helmets, locking skewers (preferred over cable locks), and being visible (not “invisible”) day or night. Several how-to instructions in the new bike booklet advise today’s bicyclists of safer ways to deal with various difficult situations and road hazards, ranging from buses, long trucks and wind blast to dogs, rocks and pedestrians.

To access the revised Safe Bicycling in San Mateo County booklet online, click here. To receive a copy of the newly-published edition by mail, please email your name and mailing address to: alliance"AT"commute.org or call Commute.org at (650) 588-8170 

 

Latest News on Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program

Latest News on Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program  

San Francisco Bay Area employers with 50 or more full-time employees within the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) geographic boundaries were required to register and offer commuter benefits to their employees by September 30, 2014 in order to comply with Air District Regulation 14, Rule 1, the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program. Employers must select one of four Commuter Benefit options to offer their employees. Commuter benefits encourage employees to take transit, vanpool, carpool, bicycle and walk rather than drive alone to work. 

Employers were required to register by September 30. Those that have not registered, should do so now: 

Step 1: if you have not registered, do so as soon as possible;
Step 2: offer benefits to employees if you have not yet;
Step 3: request an extension from the Air District if you need more time to offer benefits.

Employers that need an extension to offer commuter benefits should contact the Air District at commuterbenefits@baaqmd.gov. In the email, please indicate the reason for the extension and specify the date by which benefits will be offered to employees. Please include your employer ID # if you have this available.

Employers with fewer than 50 Bay Area employees may be subject to a local commuter benefits ordinance.


Commute.org is working with the MTC and BAAQMD to provide support and guidance to businesses in San Mateo County. We encourage you to read the information about the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program provided on the 511.org web site. If your business or organization has questions about providing pre-tax commute benefits, please contact us at Commute.org and we will guide you through the process.

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