The Commute Program provides transit and vanpool incentives to all eligible state employees. The goal of the Commute Program is to reduce the number of vehicles on the road by encouraging employees to explore and use alternate means of transportation to commute to and from work; fewer vehicles on the road means an improvement in air quality and less traffic congestion.
The state, as the employer, may establish and implement procedures and eligibility criteria for the administration of the benefits in the Commute Program, including required receipts and certification of expenses. If you have specific questions about the Commute Program please contact your department for assistance.
Represented employees- please review your current MOU.
Excluded employees- applicable rule appears in the California Code of Regulations Title 2, Division 1, Chapter 3, Subchapter 1:
§ 599.936. Transit and Vanpool Incentives - Excluded Employees.
(a) This regulation applies to excluded employees as defined in section 599.615.1(b) of these regulations.
(b) Excluded employees working in areas served by mass transit, including rail, bus, or other commercial transportation or licensed public conveyance shall be eligible for a 75 percent discount or reimbursement on monthly public transit passes up to a maximum of $65 per month. This shall not be considered compensation for purposes of retirement contributions.
(c) Excluded employees riding in vanpools shall be eligible for a 75 percent reimbursement of the monthly rider fee up to a maximum of $65 per month. In lieu of the van pool rider reimbursement, the state shall provide $100 per month to each excluded employee who is the primary driver of a vanpool and works in a facility served by one or more congested commute routes as identified by the state. This shall not be considered compensation for purposes of retirement contributions.
(d) For the purpose of this regulation, a vanpool is defined as a group of seven to fifteen people, including the vanpool driver, who commute together in a vehicle (state or non-state), specifically designed to carry that number of passengers. The passengers may be either state or non-state employees.
(e) Excluded employees headquartered out of state are eligible for transit and vanpool reimbursements described in this regulation.
Note: Authority cited: Sections 3539.5 and 19815.4(d), Government Code. Reference: Section 3539.5, Government Code.
1. New section filed by Department of Personnel Administration with the Secretary of State on 1-24-89; operative on 1-24-89. Submitted to OAL for printing only pursuant to Government Code section 11343.8 (Register 89, No. 10).
Employees working in areas served by mass transit, including rail, bus, or other commercial transportation licensed for public conveyance shall be eligible for a seventy-five percent (75%) discount on public transit passes sold by state agencies up to a maximum of sixty-five dollars ($65)- per month. Employees who purchase public transit passes on their own shall be eligible for a seventy-five percent (75%) reimbursement up to a maximum of sixty-five dollars ($65) per month.
A vanpool is defined as a group of seven (7) or more people who commute together in a vehicle (state or non-state) specifically designed to carry an appropriate number of passengers. Employees riding in vanpools shall be eligible for a seventy-five percent (75%) reimbursement of the monthly fee up to a maximum of sixty-five dollars ($65) per month. In lieu of the vanpool rider reimbursement, the state shall provide one hundred dollars ($100) per month to each state employee who is the primary vanpool driver, meets the eligibility criteria, and complies with program procedures as developed by the state for primary vanpool drivers.
Employees headquartered out-of-state shall receive reimbursement for qualified public transportation and vanpool expenses for seventy-five percent (75%) of the cost up to a maximum of sixty-five dollars ($65) per month or in the case of the primary vanpool driver, the one hundred dollars ($100) per month rate.