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RIDESHARE - Employer information, Why offer commuter benefits?

Why offer a commuter benefit program to employees?

  • Wisconsin RIDESHARE: Businesses and a Commuter Benefit Program YouTube Playing time 00:04:11
    Informational video on how businesses can implement a Commuting program.
  • Providing commuter options give you, the employer, an edge for recruiting and retaining good employees. Your staff and prospective employees will recognize your firm’s perspective, knowing you understand the personal costs incurred with commuting.
  • Employers interested in sustainability and reducing their carbon footprint will find that company-wide and green-product efforts will filter down to the employees. Encouraging commuting by carpooling, transit, biking, and walking can also qualify for LEED credits.
  • Tax savings - Money contributed toward commuting costs of your employees, within federal guidelines, are a tax-free benefit to your employees and tax-deductible business expense to the company.
  • Employee production - Employees who use other forms of transportation (other than single occupant) often arrive more relaxed and ready to work than those who have been dealing with the stresses of traffic, parking, congestion, and highway construction.
  • Visibility as a good community leader and neighbor - Many employers are already taking sustainability and environmental 'green' steps in the services and products they offer. This mentality filters down to employees who want to do their part in environmental responsibility.

  • Reduces parking needs - By offering financial incentives to employees who use alternative transportation, employers can reduce parking needs and expenses.
  • Reduce health care claims - Employees who bicycle and walk to work may become healthier and thus reduce health insurance claims.
  • Reports - Wisconsin Rideshare can provide an employer with a report of the accumulated environmental savings their employee’s have generated by using alternative commuting modes.
  • Inexpensive - Offering commuting benefits is inexpensive, and in SE Wisconsin employers can receive partial reimbursement for expenses incurred in the Guaranteed Ride Home Program. For more information on this, contact the RIDESHARE Coordinator.

SSI - Contact info. Questions about the content of this page:
RIDESHARE Coordinator, RIDESHARE@dot.wi.gov
Last modified: November 10, 2014

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