Strategies for Increasing the Effectiveness of Commuter Choice Programs

The tax code allows employers to offer tax-free commuter benefits to employees. TCRP Project H-25 investigated and shed substantial light on how and why employers adopt commuter benefits programs and as a result recommended ways to improve the effectiveness of commuter benefits programs. Project H-25 did not, however, investigate several related questions, the most important of which concerns the costs and benefits of commuter benefits programs to various stakeholders. Commuter benefits programs are promoted as having a wide range of benefits for a variety of people and institutions, including transit agencies, employers, and communities. While some research has demonstrated that these programs tend to increase transit ridership (the research for Project H-25 gathered, as a by-product, anecdotal evidence that the introduction of commuter benefits programs can produce increases in transit ridership), there has been little real quantification of the extent of these impacts, and essentially no rigorous research has been done on this subject. Limited evidence of travel impacts makes it difficult to demonstrate the advantages of commuter benefits programs to stakeholders. A better understanding of the travel implications of commuter benefits programs would help in evaluating them. TCRP Project H-25A focused on the value of commuter benefits programs in increasing transit ridership, increasing transit system revenues, reducing transit operating costs, and benefiting air quality and other goals.


  • English


  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $160000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project H-25A

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Schwager, Dianne

  • Performing Organizations:

    ICF Incorporated LLC

    9300 Lee Highway
    Fairfax, VA  United States  22031
  • Principal Investigators:

    Grant, Michael

  • Start Date: 20030408
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20050630
  • Source Data: RiP Project 16272

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01460056
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project H-25A
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:17PM