DC City Council Approves Move to Transit Benefits

DC City Council Approves Move to Transit Benefits





On Tuesday July 15, the District of Columbia City Council unanimously approved a suite of sustainability initiatives and changes under the "Sustainable D.C. Omnibus Act of 2014", and today Mayor Gray signed the bill into law. Included in this new law is a measure that will ensure that all commuters who travel to DC for work will have access to transportation benefits from their employer. Working with employers to provide transit benefits to employees in the District will help reduce rush hour demands on our roadways and expand opportunities for public transit while helping reduce employer payroll costs and improve employee retention.

This innovative measure, “Reducing Single Occupancy Vehicle Use by Encouraging Transit Benefits”, calls for all District employers with more than 20 employees to offer a transit benefit program by January 1, 2016. That benefit can take the form of a pre-tax election transportation fringe benefit, an employer-paid benefit program of direct subsidy or an employee-provided transportation option at no cost to the employee. With this unique measure, we can help DC employers craft and implement a commuter benefit program that seamlessly integrates into their existing employee benefits package.

Since 2010, goDCgo’s complimentary Employer Services consulting has helped over 750 District employers develop and implement Commuter Benefit programs for their employees. Programs range from discounted corporate Capital Bikeshare memberships and WMATA SmartBenefits, to assistance implementing alternative work week schedules and setting up telework arrangements. We’ll even customize your internal marketing programs to ensure that your employees are getting the most out of their commute.

The goDCgo Employer Services team is ready to assist all DC employers with the creation and implementation of a successful commuter benefits program for their employees. Give us a call at 202-299-2186 or email us: info@godcgo.com.