District of Columbia Commuting laws & HR compliance analysis

District of Columbia Commuting: What you need to know

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) encourages federal and private-sector employers to promote ridesharing and provide commuting alternatives and subsidized public-transit bus and rail fares and parking for employees. For information on these employer programs, go to www.wmata.comor call 202-962-1326.
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WMATA offers SmartBenefits®, a free, Web-based program that lets an employer digitally “load” the dollar value of an employee's transportation benefit directly into an employee's rechargeable SmartTrip® card account. There are several payment options for both employees and employers.
The SmartTrip card may be used on a number of commuting lines, including Metrobus, DC Circulator, Arlington transit, CUE, Fairfax Connector, Loudon County Commuter Bus Service, PRTC, OmniRide, DASH, and TheBus.
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments helps employers conduct on-site transportation assessments, survey employees about commuting habits, and set up rideshare and public transit programs through its Commuter Connections programs. Call 800-745-RIDE or go to www.commuterconnections.orgfor more information.
Transit benefits may also be reallocated for registered vanpools and independent bus services.
The District Department of Transportation's "Go DC Go" Employer Services Web page (www.godcgo.com) has information on
• Mobile apps and interactive maps
• Carpools and vanpools
• Parking
• Car-sharing and bike-sharing programs
• Walking to work
• Telework options
• Alternative work schedules
While there is no longer any federal law requiring employers to implement ridesharing programs for their employees in order to reduce air pollution, the federal Transportation Equity Act for the ...

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