Employer Pass Program
With the job market getting tighter, it means businesses in Coachella Valley have to constantly compete for good and well trained employees. To be able to do so, employers must ensure that their employees have good transportation to get to work. SunLine Transit Agency’s SunBus can help with transportation challenges your employees face. The 31 Day Coachella Valley Employer Pass is an incentive program that allows businesses to provide their employees with a 31 day bus pass on site. To be eligible, businesses must have five (5) or more employees interested in using transit.
The program is very simple. Every month SunLine will mail your business five (5) or more Coachella Valley Employer Passes along with an invoice. These passes are then provided to your employees at cost, no cost, or at a reduced rate, depending on whether your business wishes to subsidize the passes.
Employees can use the pass for unlimited rides on SunLine’s fixed route buses, SunBus, for commuting to and from work.
YOU CAN'T FAIL WITH THE EMPLOYER PASS.
The 31 Day Adult pass is available for $34.00 and if preferred, cash riders pay $1.00 per trip; or $1.25 if they transfer.
The 31 Day Coachella Valley Employer Pass offers unlimited rides for just $24.00 a month and there is no need to pay extra for transfers.
Participating in the program is a good way to pass the savings on to your staff or give the passes to employees as a tax-free transit benefit.
HOW DOES IT HELP EMPLOYEES?
You may start by looking at benefits your business offers potential or current employees. Successful transportation programs work because employees reap many benefits, including:
- Dependable and affordable transportation to and from work.
- More money in their pockets
- More time to relax, read or chat during their commutes
- Helping to improve the air quality in Coachella Valley
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE POTENTIAL BENEFITS?
In addition to less wear and tear on their personal cars, your employees may be able to reduce annual fuel consumption, minimize the cost of maintaining their vehicles, and reduce annual vehicle miles. Additionally, there are federal initiatives that offer more benefits to employees that choose to ride the bus to and from work.
Federal law entitles all employers under Internal Revenue Code Section 132(f)(4) Title IX, Section 910 of TEA-21 to deduct business expense of up to $105 per employee per month for the cost of using public transportation.
This law allows employers to offer their employees a choice between current or future compensation, and “qualified transportation fringes,” which include transit, vanpool or qualified parking benefits.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
- Private employers
- Non-profit organizations
- Public agencies
- Federal government (including military)
WHAT CAN EMPLOYERS OFFER?
Offer employees these choices:
Tax-Free Benefit – Employers may subsidize transit or vanpool fares up to $105 per month, and get a full tax deduction and you do not pay payroll taxes.
Pre-Tax Benefit – Employees can use up to $105 per month or $1,260 per year of their gross income. The program is easier to administer since pre-tax use of employees’ salary is not subject to restrictions.
Share the Tax Benefit – Employers may also combine both options by providing a tax-free benefit of $55 per month and let the employee use $50 of their pre-tax salary to pay for the remaining portion of the tax-free amount. It is a win-win situation for employees and employers.
INTERESTED IN JOINING?
- Call SunLine’s Customer Service Dept. at 1-800-347-8628 to participate in the Employer Pass Program.
- Must purchase a minimum of five (5) Coachella Valley Employer Passes monthly for $24 each.
- The passes will be mailed or delivered based on the agreement with SunLine.
- Sell or give the passes to your employees. The Employer Pass is not intended for use by the general public and should not be sold or transferred to family members.