For residents and commuters through Maryland, a large number of programs, services, and events exist to help reduce the impact of commuting.
Commuter Choice Maryland is a State of Maryland funded program managed by the Maryland Department of Transportation that provides incentives to encourage people to reduce the impact of their commute. Reducing the number of people commuting also reduces the amount of emissions, congestion, and accidents. The program provides tax incentives for Maryland employers to encourage decreased automobile use for employees and offers a guaranteed ride home for commuters so they are not dependent on a car in case of an emergency.
For more information on the program, check www.commuterchoicemaryland.com. A summary of program benefits and results is available here.
Options for Commuters
To have a smarter commute, take a look at some of the following alternatives to driving alone:
Transit - Train, bus, and even subway services are located throughout Maryland and surrounding areas. Reduce your driving costs and stress level by taking one of these modes to work. There are many park and ride locations throughout the state to increase access to these alternatives. Ask your employer to participate in the Commuter Choice Program to provide reduced-price transit passes!
- If driving is your best option to get to work, an additional rider can help improve the commute and reduce costs. By alternating driving with other carpool members, you can reduce the amount that you have to drive and be driven to work instead. Try setting up a carpool with others you work with - you can meet at a central location like a park and ride lot, or be picked up at your house. Be sure to discuss schedule requirements and expenses for gas to keep everyone happy in your carpool. To locate possible carpool members from outside your office, try the Commuter Connections
website, it matches up potential carpoolers throughout Maryland and into the surrounding states.
Biking and Walking to Work
- You may enjoy riding your bike for exercise or pleasure, but how about using it to get to work? Combine your daily exercise with your daily commute to reduce commuting costs and emissions. The Baltimore Metropolitan Council has more information on bike commuting
Teleworking - Shorten your commute by working from home or a location closer to home. Teleworking involves working on assignments from a remote location, but remaining in contact via telephone and email. Often, this means working from a home office or a telework center near your home. Some people telework often, while some telework infrequently due to work assignments. If teleworking is appropriate for your job, it is a great commuting alternative to consider.
Alternative Work Schedules - Another way to reduce the impact of your commute is to commute less. By working a compressed work week, you have to make commute fewer trips to work. A compressed work week means that you work more hours each day and as a result, go in to work fewer days. A common two-week (80-hour cycle) schedule is to work 9 hours on Monday through Thursday, 8 hours one Friday with the opposite Friday off. You work the same total hours, but save your time by making fewer commute trips. A compressed work week may not be appropriate for all jobs but is a good commuting alternative to keep in mind.
Important Transportation Contacts
Commuter Choice Maryland: For inquiries or general information, please
call 410-865-1100. This line is staffed Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.
until 5:00 p.m. or email: email@example.com
MDOT MTA Transit Information
Center call: 1-866-RIDE-MTA (M-F, 6am-7pm)
For WMATA transit call:
1-202-637-7000 or visit wmata.com
For information on commute options
in the Metropolitan D.C area call Commuter Connections : 1-800-745-RIDE or
Information Point: 1-877-331-TRIP (8747)
Baltimore Metropolitan Council
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Point of Contact
Please direct questions of comments concerning this program to Justin Mabrey of the Mobile Sources Control program at (410) 537-3270 or Justin.Mabrey@maryland.gov
Commuter Benefits are transportation fringe
benefits regulated under Section 132(f) of the IRS Code. Currently, federal law
allows for employers to offer employees up to $265 per month as a pre-tax
deduction or tax free subsidy for use on transit, vanpools, and eligible
Maryland employers, including organizations
exempt from taxation under §501(c)(3) or (4) of the Internal Revenue Code, may
claim a tax credit for a portion of the eligible costs of providing commuter
benefits to participating employees. The tax credit is 50% of the cost of
providing the commuter benefits such as subsidized transit fare, Company
Guaranteed Ride Home, Vanpool, and Parking Cash Out up to a maximum of $100 per
month for each employee. The tax credit can be taken against the state personal
income tax, corporate income tax, or the insurance premium tax.
Check and see if your workplace offers these
types of programs!
For more information
visit the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Commuter Choice
Maryland website or call
410-865-1100. This line is staffed Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until
5:00 p.m. or email: firstname.lastname@example.org