San Francisco to Mandate Businesses Promote Transit to Employees

August 8, 2008

San Francisco is considering a proposal that would require
businesses with more than 20 employees to provide commuting
alternatives to the personal vehicle. The move is an attempt to reduce
air pollution in San Francisco as well as reduce GHG emissions in the
city. Under the new law, businesses would be given three options to
promote the use of transit by the workforce. Participation by
employees would be voluntary. The options include offering workers
free transit passes, to providing door-to-door shuttle service, or
utilizing an existing federal program which helps employees set up
pre-tax commuter accounts to pay for transit. Business groups are not
opposing the plan because the latter option could save employers
money. Read more about the proposed law.