Colorado Commuting laws & HR compliance analysis

Colorado Commuting: What you need to know

Colorado has no statute requiring employers to implement ridesharing programs in order to reduce employee commuting miles, but the state encourages employers to promote ridesharing and provide commuting alternatives for employees. Colorado law defines “ridesharing” as transportation of passengers traveling together, primarily to and from work (or certain other regular, common destinations) that is not profit making and is free except for fees covering costs, which might include a reasonable employer incentive, if necessary (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. 39-22-509).
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The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Commuter Options Program addresses the commuting issues of mass transit, carpooling and vanpooling, walking, and bicycling. Several private travel management associations in the state offer multiple commuting services, including rideshare programs, vanpools, and transit passes, and parking management. The CDOT maintains a comprehensive Commuter Options website at or call 303-757-9982.
Corporate employers may deduct from their Colorado gross income calculation, to the extent not previously deducted, an amount equal to their contribution to free or partially subsidized ridesharing arrangements (as defined previously). An employer contribution may include providing the vehicles, cash incentives to increase participation (which may not be more than the value of the transportation), administrative costs incurred in organizing, establishing, or administering a ridesharing program not operated for profit, and free or partially subsidized mass transit tickets, tokens, passes, or fare used by employees in going and returning from their places of ...

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