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Employer & Commuter Benefits Print

It Pays to Ride METRO Bus
Commuter Transportation Benefits for Employers and Employees

Employers along METRO Bus Routes:
Consider providing fully or partially subsidized METRO Monthly passes to your employees. METRO will work with your business to provide a risk-free trial program that works for you and your employees.
To download a flier listing benefits for your business, click here.

There are many reasons to commute to work on METRO. (Check out these testimonials!)

Here are a few:

  Tax Savings
   - The cost of providing this benefit can be deducted as a normal business expense.

   - As an employer-paid benefit, employers do not pay taxes on the value of this benefit.

   - Employers receive a tax deduction for the expense.

   - As a pre-tax benefit, employers can allow employees to elect to exchange taxable salary, 
     which reduces the amount of taxalable income, for a tax-free public transit benefit (not subject to payroll 
     taxes).

   - As a shared-cost benefit, employers can share the cost of commuting and still take advantage of 
     valuable tax savings.

     Promote "Green" Transportation*

  - Public transportation in the U.S. reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 6.9 million metric tonnes.
  - A single commuter switching his or her commute to public transportation can reduce a household's
    carbon emissions by 10% and up to 30% if he or she elminates a second car. When compared to other
    household actions that limit CO2, taking public transportation can be 10 times greater in reducing this
    harmful greenhouse gas.

 - One person switching to public transit can reduce daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds, or more than
   4,600 pounds in a year.

   Save $$

 - The average household spends 18 cents of every dollar on transportation, and 94% of this goes to
     buying, maintaining, and operating cars, the largest expenditure after housing.*

  - Individuals who ride public transportation can save on average $9,343 annually based on the July 7, 2010
    national average gas price and the national unreserved monthly parking rate. On a per month basis,
    transit riders can save on average $779 per month. More info.

(APTA.COM*)

Free up valuable parking spaces

 - Take the bus to work and save on parking expenses, avoid hassles trying to find parking and free up
    spaces for shoppers and visitors.