USA Today, just scratches the surface in their recent article, “5 Ways to Save Money On Your Commute” https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/budget-and-spending/2017/12/04/5-ways-cut-cost-your-commute-transportation/556620001/
Commuters across the country have access to a multitude of programs and services from the public sector, a local Transportation Management Association, and in many cases their employer, to reduce the cost and improve the efficiency of their commute. Most important is the federal Transportation Fringe Benefit, which allows employees to purchase public transit and vanpooling fares directly through their employer with pre-tax dollars – saving the commuter hundreds of dollars a year. The employer also reduces their tax burden when employees purchase with pre-tax dollars, a win-win. Second, is vanpooling, which brings together 7-15 commuters, typically living outside the reach of public transit systems. Vanpoolers split the cost of operating the van and may, in some jurisdictions, receive reimbursements from their local government to offset some of their costs. With over 15,000 vanpools in the US, chances are there is or could be a van serving your community. Lastly, telecommuting and working from home significantly reduces your commuting costs. The number of telecommuters has grown to over 4 million in the US, increasing 115% from 2005-2015, according to census data.
The Association for Commuter Transportation provides communities and private businesses with access to best practices and impactful strategies for helping improve the quality of life of commuters and the livability of communities.