RideSmart Solutions works with employers to develop alternative transportation programs that help employees improve their commutes. Implementing alternative transportation programs has many benefits. Employers that implement alternative transportation programs:
- recognize improvement in morale and productivity,
- reduction in absenteeism
- reduction in parking cost,
- financial benefits, and
- enhanced staff recruitment and retention.
Commute programs will also improve air quality and traffic congestion in and around Prince George’s County.
Alternative Commute Options and Benefits
Our RideSmart representatives are available to provide your organization more information about alternative transportation options. We are prepared to interact with your teams during transportation fairs or customize a commute program to meet the specific needs of for your business. Contact us today by calling at (301) 883-5656 or email our team at email@example.com.
Maryland Commuter 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 $100 per employee per month. For more information on qualifying programs and how to claim the tax credit, check out the Maryland Commuter Tax Credit.
SmartBenefits for Transit, Vanpool, and Transit-related Parking
SmartBenefits is 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 rail, bus, and vanpool travel, and transit-related parking throughout the metropolitan region. It can be offered as a direct employee benefit, a pre-tax deduction, or a combination of both. Visit the SmartBenefits website to learn more:
Carpool and Vanpool Ridematching
Ridesharing is great way to reduce the number of cars on the road and in your business parking lot. The free Commuter Connections Ridematching service enables commuters to find other individuals who share similar commute routes and work hours with the possibility of starting or joining a carpool or vanpool. Want to start a vanpool program for your employees? Refer to the MD Commuter Choice Vanpool Toolkit to learn more.
Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) Program
Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) is a free service providing commuters who regularly vanpool, carpool, bike, walk, or take transit with a reliable ride home when one of life’s unexpected emergencies arise. Commuters can use GRH for unexpected personal emergencies and unscheduled overtime up to four times a year. Best of all, the ride home 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 - register here.
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, 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. Need guidance on establishing a telework program? Check out this guide from MD Commuter Choice.
Encouraging Healthy Commuting Options
Building a robust commuter benefits program includes supporting employees who walk, run, or bike for part or all of the commute. Here are a range of ideas to consider:
- Become a Capital Bikeshare Corporate Member and provide a subsidized membership to your employees.
- .Install lockers and shower facilities to support employees who walk, run or bike to work.
- Install bike parking racks, lockers, and cages for secure, weather-proof bike parking.
- Consider a benefit to employees who do not use another commuter benefit, like reimbursement for bike tune-ups or biking/walking gear.
Integrating active commuting options into your health and wellness plans can be an easy way to encourage healthy commuting. RideSmart Solutions can help you consider options that work best for your business.