Business Commute Programs

Expand your employee benefits package at little to no cost.

Commuting can be a stressful and costly part of an employee’s day. One of the most cost-effective ways to recruit and retain employees is to provide benefits that make their commute cheaper and easier.

SF Environment’s CommuteSmart staff can help businesses develop or adopt transportation benefits programs that fit their employees’ preferences and their budget. For trips that must be made by car, CommuteSmart staff can help businesses and employees save money by becoming EV ready and making the switch from gasoline to electric vehicles.

Enhance your benefits offerings and encourage your employees to start commuting smart by taking these steps today. 

1. Offer these free, no hassle programs 

Emergency Ride HomeSupport your employees' commute choices with this no cost program that provides employees a free ride home in case of unexpected personal emergencies. Complete the free registration annually and your employees will have access to the program if the need arises.  

Ridesharing: The free 511 RideMatching program can help your employees find potential carpool and vanpool partners to share the ride to work.  Send an e-mail with this link to your employees to encourage them to register.

Commute by Bike: A free program offered by SFMTA that aims to connect employees with bike education, information, and secure bike parking. The program offers employers free, on-site bicycle education classes as well as technical assistance about bike-parking.

2. Join the many San Francisco businesses offering Commuter Benefits 

Maintaining a commuter benefits program is an easy, inexpensive and effective recruitment and retention tool supported by Section 132(f) of the IRS tax code. This program is cost-effective, no matter the number of employees you have.  Your employees benefit from saving money on their transit, vanpool or bicycle commute.

Learn more about how to identify and implement the right commuter benefits program for your business.

The San Francisco Commuter Benefits Ordinance requires businesses with 20 or more employees nationwide to offer a commuter benefits program to their San Francisco employees. Businesses are asked to report their compliance to SF Environment every April. 

3. For trips that must be made by car, go electric

Provide access to electric vehicle chargers at work. Businesses can help attract and maintain a talented workforce, demonstrate a commitment to sustainability, and increase worker productivity by giving employees access to High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes and shorter commute times. SF Environment can help businesses take advantage of the following resources:

  • Step-by-step guides to becoming lectric-vehicle (EV) ready
  • Public charging resources available in San Francisco
  • Incentives for purchasing charging equipment and electric vehicles
  • EV carpooling opportunities
  • EV fleet electrification strategies

4. Ask us for help

CommuteSmart can help you set up an easy and cost-effective commuter benefits program. We can also assist you in enhancing your transportation benefits to tap into our full range of programs to best fit the needs of your employees.

Consultations. Meet with CommuteSmart staff to discuss how to implement or add to your transportation programs for employees, as well as how to become electric-vehicle ready. Request a consultation.

Employer Guides. Step-by-step guidance on setting up a commuter benefits program and becoming EV ready.

Employee transportation survey. Use our survey to understand employee commute needs and concerns.  We will compile the results for you.

Employee residential density map. Get a map based on ZIP codes to help you identify the best ways to help your employees commute smart.

Customized ridematching site. Create a custom ridematching site that fits seamlessly with your company’s website to assist employees find carpool and vanpool partners.

Direct employee outreach. Invite SF Environment to table at your next health, wellness, or transportation benefits fair. 

5. Stay updated

CommuteTalk is a quarterly e-newsletter compiled by CommuteSmart and targeted to Bay Area employers. This is a great way to stay current on commuter and transportation news. Sign-up here to be added to our contact list. 

For more information, contact:

San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment)
City & County of San Francisco
Phone: (415) 355-3727

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