Taking the Bus/Transit
Transit removes the hassle and frustration of driving yourself to work and lets you relax, read, or get a jump on your workday by using your mobile device safely. Green Mountain Transit (GMT, formerly Chittenden County Transportation Authority, CCTA) offers a variety of transit services including local fixed routes and shuttles, local commuter routes, and inter-regional Link Express commuter routes, all offered with affordable fares and convenient multi-ride passes.
www.cctaride.org | 802-864-CCTA (2282)
Car-sharing provides 24/7 access to a fleet of vehicles in dedicated, convenient locations. CarShare Vermont is a Burlington-based nonprofit on a mission to help more people and businesses get around with fewer cars. It operates a network of new, fuel-efficient vehicles parked in convenient spots in Burlington, Winooski and Montpelier that members can use by the hour or day, whenever they need to drive.
www.carsharevt.org | 802-861-2340
For folks that live and/or work near each other, carpooling/vanpooling saves money and makes commuting more enjoyable. Go! Vermont is a free resource for commuters who want to reduce the cost and environmental impact of driving. The program features a carpool/vanpool matching service, ridesharing tips, and other practical information on getting around by biking, walking, bus, train and ferry.
www.connectingcommuters.org | 800-685-RIDE (7433)
Arrive to work refreshed, invigorated and ready to go. Local Motion is Vermont’s premier walking and bicycling nonprofit advocacy organization. As part of its mission to make the region safer, more accessible, and more fun for people on foot and on bike, Local Motion offers a suite of resources and services to encourage and support “people-powered” commuting.
www.localmotion.org | 802-861-2700
VBike is a nonprofit organization providing leading-edge bike solutions in Vermont. VBike aims to make bicycles more relevant for Vermonters, by providing information on bike innovations and solutions that expand the range, carrying capacity and overall utility of biking for local transportation.
To learn more, visit www.vbikesolutions.org.
If you want to help your employer create a custom, managed commute program tailored to your worksite, look no further. With more than 20 years of experience, the Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association (CATMA) offers its members a turn-key employee commute program customized to each workplace including on-site assistance, incentives, services, events, promos, surveys and more.
www.catmavt.org | 802-656-7433
Commuter Tax Benefit
Did you know that employees can set aside pre-tax earnings to spend on commuting costs? This means that employees save on federal income taxes, and employers save on payroll-related taxes. It’s a win-win! The National Center for Transit Research offers a snapshot of these “commuter tax benefits” which benefit transit riders, carpoolers, commuter bicyclists, and qualified parking costs.
The state’s vanpool provider, vRide, is using two documents to promote these commuter benefits:
- The Commuter Choice guide is a quick and easy reference for how the program works and includes several examples of how the program saves you money.
- The No-Brainer Benefits guide provides a more detailed look at commuter tax benefits, how to calculate potential savings (and program administration costs), and how to get your program started.