Commuter Options and Benefits
Carpool and Vanpool Ridematching
Ridesharing is great way to reduce the number of cars on the road and in your business parking lot. The Commuter Connections Ridematching service enable commuters to find other individuals who share similar commute routes and work hours with the possibility of starting or joining a carpool or vanpool.
Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) Program
Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) provides commuters who regularly vanpool, carpool, bike, walk, or take transit with a reliable ride home when one of life's unexpected emergencies arise. Commuters are able to use GRH for unexpected personal emergencies and unscheduled overtime up to four times a year. Best of all, the ride home by cab, rental car, bus, or train is free! Knowing that there is a guaranteed ride home allows you to use commuting options like transit and carpools with peace of mind and confidence. Commuters must be registered in advance of an emergency to receive GRH benefits.
Alternative Work Schedule
The most common time-management option for employers are variable work hours (also called flextime) and compressed work week schedules. Flextime programs, in which employees are given the option of adjusting their arrival and departure times, are proven ways to reduce congestion at peak travel times. Compressed work schedules (such as four day, 10 hours-a-day work week) can eliminate one day a week of commuting for many employees.
Telecommuting makes staying home the easiest way to go to work. Options include working from home or satellite work centers, also known as telecenters, which are equipped with multiple workstations and office support. Millions of people go to work simply by picking up their phones or turning on their computers - saving themselves and their companies millions of dollars.
SmartBenefits is a versatile and valuable benefit for both employers and employees. It's an IRS complaint, web-based program that lets employers assign the dollar value of employees' monthly commuting benefit directly to reusable, rechargeable plastic SmarTrip cards. Employees can use the uploaded funds for parking, rail, vanpool and bus travel throughout the metropolitan region. It can be offered as a direct employee benefit, a pre-tax deduction, or a combination of both.
Maryland Commute Tax Credit
Employers who contribute to their employees' commuting costs are rewarded with federal and state tax deductions, state tax credits and reductions on certain payroll taxes. The Maryland Commuter Tax Credit program allows all businesses operating in Maryland, including non-profits, to claim a 50% tax credit against the cost of providing commute alternative programs to its employees up to $50 per employee per month. For more information, visit the Maryland Commuter Tax Credit.
For more information on alternative commute options or benefits, please contact Prince George's County RideSmart representatives by email at (301) 577-0887.