Through its "Commuter Choice Maryland" incentive program, the state of Maryland encourages employers to provide information that promotes ridesharing arrangements or the use of public transit. For complete information, go to http://www.commuterchoicemaryland.com
The Maryland Department of Transportation's Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is the lead agency coordinating ridesharing and use of public transit in the state. It can provide employers and employees with information by calling 410-767-8755 or going to the MTA website at http://www.mtamaryland.gov
Transit passes. Under the program, employers have monthly on-site pass distribution options for MTA local buses, commuter buses, subways, light rail, Metrorail, and MARC trains. Passes may now be purchased online.
Employers must have at least 20 employees sign up for the Commuter Choice Maryland program. Employers with less that 20 employees involved can offer commuter benefits by purchasing passes and vouchers through a Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) outlet and offering them to employees under one of three qualified distribution programs.
Maryland law defines “ridesharing” as any nonprofit commuting service that transports people from their residences to their places of employment or nearby terminals. The term includes car pools and vanpools run on a not-for-profit basis.
Carpools. Carpool vehicles are defined as Class A passenger cars or station wagons holding not more than nine people, including the driver. Ridesharing operation does not include a service provided by one company for another company's employees under a contract agreement. Ridesharing drivers are not required to obtain motor carrier permits.