Join DART and RideShare Delaware in celebrating National Dump the Pump Day!

11th Annual National Dump the Pump Day to be Held on June 16  “Dump the Pump.  Ride Public Transit.”

National Dump the Pump Day is a day to highlight the many benefits of using public transportation.  Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) announced today that it will join over 150 public transit agencies nationwide participating in the 11th annual Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 16, to encourage the use to public transit.  From urban to suburban to rural communities, public transportation is a vital resource to Americans.  In fact, public transportation helps to make a community economically competitive.

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2016 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation.  Started in June 2006, when gas prices were $3 per gallon, this day emphasizes that public transportation is a convenient travel option that also helps people save money.  According to APTA’s June Transit Savings Report, individuals who ride public transit instead of driving can save, on average, more than $790 per month.

Public transportation is a cornerstone of local economies in urban, suburban and rural communities. In fact, every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization.  Additionally, public transportation offers job access to millions of Americans since nearly 60 percent of trips taken on public transit are work commutes.

WHAT: 11th Annual National Dump the Pump Day

WHERE: Delaware Transit Corporation-RIDESHARE Delaware and transit agencies nationwide

WHEN: Thursday, June 16, 2016

So DTC encourages Delawareans to join millions of others across the country as they save money by riding public transportation during National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 16.  Or if you are a frequent rider, take a friend along and remind them that using DART can save you big bucks if you “Dump the Pump” during your daily commute.

The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), operates DART First State.  For information on fixed route bus services statewide, please call 1-800-652-DART or visit www.DartFirstState.com

Will a cut in transit benefits change your commute habits? – From Washington Post

Could a cut in the federal transit benefit mean more cars on area roads? No one is yet certain, but this piece by The Post’s Paul Duggan  takes a good hard look at the financial impact on riders, many of them federal employees who receive the monthly transit subsidy. While elected officials have voiced support for raising the federal transit benefit for public transportation (it went up this year for parking), it could take a bit of time as Congress quibbles over larger budget matters.

(Robert Thomson / The Washington Post)

As of Jan. 1, the subsidy designed to encourage federal workers to take public transportation dropped to $130 from $245.

Stephen Crim, an urban planner with Arlington County government, ran the numbers to see how much commuters who previously received the benefit would have to pay under the new amount.

According to Crim’s report, when the maximum direct transit subsidy was $245, the typical worker exiting at the Pentagon station paid nothing out of pocket for Metro fares each month unless he or she commuted from Rockville or Shady Grove. On average, for workers headed from those two stations to Pentagon, the monthly, out-of-pocket expense was $17 and $1, respectively.

But the reduction would mean that workers traveling to Pentagon from one of 44 stations could find themselves paying as much as $116 a month out of pocket. Those coming from Rockville, for example, would pay $132 more; those from Glenmont, $106; and those from Vienna, $88.

The reduction also has Metro officials concerned. In 2012, when the transit subsidy fell to $125 amid a spending fight on Capitol Hill, ridership declined by nearly 3 percent. The result? A $9.5 million revenue loss, the transit agency said. Forty percent of Metro’s peak period travelers are federal employees whose rides are subsidized.

Not sure how the reductions will affect your out-of-pocket costs? Try this handy tool for calculating what the change will mean for you.

 

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dr-gridlock/wp/2014/01/13/will-a-cut-in-transit-benefits-change-your-commute-habits/

A new way to save for Philly-based commuters

(Philadelphia, PA) – Commuters using RideECO can now save more money on car sharing, and Enterprise CarShare clients can save money on transit, thanks to new discounts RideECO and Enterprise CarShare (ECS) are offering exclusively to their members. The two programs offer sustainable, cost-saving ways to commute to work and travel around town.

RideECO, a program of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), allows employers and commuters to save by putting pre-tax dollars toward fares on public transportation. Commuters can save up to $900/year and employers save money by reducing FICA taxes, which can be more than $200 per year, per participant.

Enterprise CarShare, previously PhillyCarShare, has nearly 200 “pods” offering newer, fuel-efficient and hybrid cars in and around center city Philadelphia. “Many city dwellers and commuters who use transit may not own a car. Enterprise CarShare gives them the flexibility of using a car as a supplement during the week, on weekends and on special occasions,” said James Callaham, Regional Vice President of Enterprise Holdings, Inc. Also, employers who offer RideECO to encourage transit use may be interested in car share for employees who don’t have a personal car at work, to use to travel to meetings and other business-related activities that are not accessible by transit.

Here are some of the deals available:

  • RideECO will offer free shipping and handling for one year ($180 value) for Enterprise CarShare corporate clients that enroll in the program.
  • RideECO will waive the setup fee for Enterprise CarShare clients that enroll in RideECO Select ($250-$750 savings, depending on participation levels).
  • Enterprise CarShare will waive the standard application and membership fees and offer a $50 driving credit to RideECO clients that sign up for an ECS corporate account.
  • Individual employees who work for a company that offers RideECO will receive a waived application fee ($25 value) and a $35 driving credit upon approval of their application.

ECS rates can be found at: http://www.enterprisecarshare.com/philadelphia-rates.

“RideECO and Enterprise CarShare are sustainable and cost-effective ways to travel and get to work,” said DVRPC Executive Director, Barry Seymour. “We are pleased to offer even more savings to reward and encourage residents to make smart travel choices.”

About RideECO

RideECO is an employer offered commuter benefit that helps commuters reduce the cost of getting to work on public transportation and vanpools. RideECO allows commuters to set aside up to $245/month pre-tax to pay for their commute. And employers save money by driving down payroll taxes with every dollar a commuter deducts. The program can pay for itself and everyone gains from it. For more details, visit www.RideECO.org

About the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

DVRPC is dedicated to uniting the region’s elected officials, planning professionals, and the public with the common vision of making a great region even greater. Shaping the way we live, work, and play, DVRPC builds consensus on improving transportation, promoting smart growth, protecting the environment, and enhancing the economy. We serve a diverse region of nine counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer in New Jersey. DVRPC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Greater Philadelphia Region – leading the way to a better future. For more information, visit www.dvrpc.org.

About Enterprise CarShare

Enterprise CarShare is a natural extension of the local car rental service that Enterprise Rent-A-Car pioneered more than 55 years ago.  Enterprise CarShare offers a variety of clean, well-maintained vehicles at an affordable price, when and where customers need them, whether it is for an hour, a day, a weekend or longer. In 2011, Enterprise Holdings entered a major retail car-sharing market for the first time by acquiring PhillyCarShare in Philadelphia, and then, in 2012, it acquired Mint Cars On-Demand in Boston and New York City. In May 2013, Enterprise Holdings acquired the business of IGO CarSharing, the first car-sharing program in Chicago.  Today, Enterprise CarShare offers hybrid, plug-in and fuel-efficient vehicles, delivering car-sharing technology’s speed and economy nationwide to businesses, universities and government offices looking to enhance their fleet management operations along with their fiscal and social sustainability initiatives. For more information, visit www.enterprisecarshare.com, the Enterprise CarShare Facebook page or by following @Carshare on Twitter.

Transit & Parking Benefits raised to $240 for 2013

From the New York Post –

Pretax Transit Benefits Raised for 2013

By ANN CARRNS

Those who commute to work using mass transit or van pools are eligible for the same amount in employer-provided pretax commuter benefits this year as their colleagues who drive and park, thanks to the fiscal package passed by Congress this week.

Workers whose employers offer such benefits can pay for their monthly transportation costs through pretax payroll deductions, saving them money.

In 2012, the amount that mass transit commuters were allowed to set aside monthly in their pretax commuter accounts fell to $125, from $230, while the limit for parking costs increased to $240, from $230, because of a cost of living adjustment.

The new fiscal measure increases the pretax transit benefit to $240 a month. (The actual cap is subject to confirmation by the Internal Revenue Service, which can adjust it in increments of $5, if necessary, to reflect inflation, said Jody Dietel, compliance officer with WageWorks, a benefit management firm.)

But because the fiscal package merely extended this “parity,” rather than making it permanent, its continuation after this year is still subject to future legislative action.

Why is it so difficult to make the equal benefit permanent? It does not seem to make sense to offer more of an incentive to drive than to take mass transit.

Ms. Dietel said the transit benefits were lumped together with various other “extender” provisions in the tax code — items that have to be revisited and approved periodically. Conflicts in Congress make it difficult to reach agreement on fiscal matters. “Congress is very politically charged,” Ms. Dietel said.

The loss in tax revenue from the transit parity provision is estimated at $220 million, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.

WageWorks is part of a group working to support transit benefits, which are especially popular in urban areas. “We are working hard to make it permanent,” she said.

Although the measure also makes the benefit parity retroactive for 2012, it is unclear how employees who take public transit will be able to take advantage of that provision. The fiscal act was passed on Jan. 1, after most company payrolls had closed for 2012, Ms. Dietel noted, and “the devil is in the details.” WageWorks and other benefit managers are seeking guidance from I.R.S. on the matter, she said, but it may be that most employees will see the higher transit limit as a benefit in the future.

Do you use pretax commuter benefits?