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Transit Pass Programs for Employers

How you can provide TriMet passes as a benefit to your employees

Why sign up for a transit pass program?

 

  • Reduce parking hassles by giving employees commuting options
  • Save money through tax breaks when you cover part or all of the cost of the passes for your employees
  • Boost recruiting with another valuable benefit for employees
  • Show you care about employees’ health and wellness, and the livability of our community.
  • Get compliant with Oregon’s Employee Commute Options (ECO) Program

Because of the constant increase in the cost of parking in the downtown area, our employees place a high value on the transit subsidy we offer. It’s one of our most affordable and appreciated employee benefits.”

Linda Owen, Human Resources Administrator

 

Nearly 1,200 employer worksites in the Portland area offer transit passes as a benefit to their employees. It’s easy to get your company started with a transit pass program, in three easy steps:

1 Find out how your employees are currently getting to work

As a first step, we suggest you find out how your employees are currently getting to work, and which commute options are of interest to them. We can help you set up and conduct a survey (we’ll even process them, analyze the results and provide a written report—all at no cost). Learn more

2 Choose a transit pass program

Next, we’ll help you select the right pass program for your company. This is where an employer can save big money: You can get tax breaks when you cover part or all of the cost of the passes for your employees.

View our transit pass program options

 

Universal Annual Pass Program

All eligible employees get a pass; you pay only for actual use.

You pay based on transit use per results of commute survey.

  • Renewable every: year
  • Employees carry: sticker on ID badge
  • Tax savings: yes

Annual Pass Program

Interested employees get a pass; easy, once-a-year distribution.

You pay $1,100 per employee (12 months for the price of 11!).

  • Renewable every: year
  • Employees carry: sticker on ID badge
  • Tax savings: yes

Monthly Pass Program

You sell tickets and passes to employees on site; most flexibility.

You pay regular ticket/pass prices + $2.50 shipping and handling per order.

  • Renewable every: month
  • Employees carry: regular ticket/pass
  • Tax savings: yes

Not sure which plan is best for your company? Call 503-962-7670 or email employerprograms@trimet.org and we’ll help you decide.

3 Designate a transportation coordinator

Finally, you’ll want someone on your staff to manage and promote your new program. This “employee transportation coordinator” will also serve as a liaison between your company and TriMet. We’ll even provide free training and promotional materials to help make sure your program is a success (and keep your administrative overhead low). Learn more

Are you an employee? Ask your supervisor about commuter benefits at your company.

 

Contact us

TriMet Employer Programs
503-962-7670
employerprograms@trimet.org

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