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The IRS calculates the cost of operating a car in 2010 at 50.0 cents per mile or 0.50 dollars per mile. According to AAA, the national average per mile in 2009 was 56.6 cents or 0.566 dollars based on driving 15,000 miles per year. To figure out how much it costs you to drive to work, follow the simple formulas below:

______ (round trip miles) x 0.50 dollars per mile = _______ (round trip cost)
______ (round trip cost) x 21 (working days/month) = _______ (total monthly cost) 

 

Scenario 1: Driving Alone vs. Carpooling
and Vanpooling-- 55 miles round trip
  Daily
Cost
  Monthly
Cost

 

  • Driving alone
  $27.50   $577.50
 
  • Carpool (2 people)
  $13.75   $288.75
 
  • Vanpooling*
  $8.33   $175.00
  * Figures from Easy Street van services in 2000        
           
Scenario 2: Driving vs. Riding the Train
-- 80 miles round trip
  Daily
Cost
  Monthly
Cost

 

  • Driving alone
  $40.00   $840.00

 

  • MTA Metro-North New Haven Line:
    New Haven to Stamford*
  $12.00   $130.00
 
  • MTA Metro-North Harlem Line:  Brewster to White
    Plains*
  $13.00   $136.25
  *Monthy train tickets are cheaper than 42 one-way
tickets (21 days x 2 one-way trips per day)
       

 

 

 

 

Calculating your commuting costs

 

How much does it cost to drive?


The IRS calculates the cost of operating a car in 2001 at 34.5 cents per mile.
According to AAA, the national average
per mile in 2000 was 49.1 cents
(based on driving 15,000 miles per year).

To figure out how much it costs you to drive to work, follow the simple formula below:

__________ x 34.5 per mile = ________
(round trip miles)

x 21(workingdays/month) = ___________
                                         (total monthly cost)

Scenario 1: 55 miles round trip
Driving Alone vs.
Carpooling and Vanpooling*

 

Scenario 2: 80 miles round trip


Driving vs. Riding the Train*


MTA Metro-North

 

New Haven Line:


New Haven to Stamford


Harlem Line:


Brewster to White Plains

 

Daily Fee

 

Daily Fee

 

Monthly Fee

 

Drive Alone
Carpool (2 people)
Vanpooling*

 

18.98
9.49
5.25

 

Drive Alone
Train  (New Haven Line)
(Harlem Line)

 

27.60
18.00

13.00

 

579.60
170.60

117.25

 

* Figures from Easy Street van services
   in 2000

 

 

As part of  Westchester’s SMART COMMUTE Program, we will provide a Transportation Fair at your work site. Your fair will be tailored to your location and may be as big or as small as you would like.

An information table, for example, can be set up in a common area of your worksite during lunch hour where employees can learn about their commute options in a casual atmosphere.

The Commute Alternatives Division of the Department of Public Works and Transportation will provide posters to promote the fair prior to the selected date and will set up on the day of the event.  Employers are expected to encourage their employees to use alternative modes of transportation and encourage participation at these events

At Transportation Fairs, employees have the opportunity to:

  • Talk to mass transit representatives to learn about commute options and plot a route tailored to their individual needs
  • Find a carpool partner with Metro Pool’s “Pool Matching” system  
  • Get free ride MetroCards and try Westchester’s Bee-Line buses 
  • Pick up current schedules for buses and trains, route maps  
  • Learn how alternative modes of transportation can help save time and money, reduce stress, reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a better quality of life

It’s that simple.  It’s a valuable benefit and it's free.

Call (914) 813-6718 for further information or contact us at .

The Commute-n-Save Program is a great cost-effective, value-added benefit.  Provisions in the Internal Revenue Code allow your company greater flexibility in offering this benefit that works for you and your company. It works for business. It works for the economy. It works for the environment. Let it work for you.

Westchester’s Federal Commuter Choice Program Option
Commute-n-Save is Westchester’s name for the Federal Commuter Choice Pretax Transportation Benefit.  The Commute-n-Save Program explains how employers can provide the federal pre-tax benefit to those employees currently using public transit, qualified vanpools or are paying for qualified parking. As of Jan. 1, 2016, if your company offers this fringe benefit, you are eligible to use up to $510 a month, or $6,120 a year, of your pre-tax income for transportation costs. Eligible costs include the costs for public transit buses, trains, ferries and qualified vanpooling. It also includes qualified parking costs incurred as part of your work commute.

Save money using this benefit
Currently under this qualified transportation fringe benefit the maximum tax-free benefit allowed for transit costs is $255 per month, or $3,060 per year. Those who have to drive to make a connection to public transportation or who park on or near a work location are eligible for the qualified parking portion of the benefit. The maximum tax-free benefit allowed for qualified parking is $255 per month, or $3,060 per year. Participating employers can save by lowering their FICA and Federal income tax costs. In many areas, employees will save by having their state and city income taxes reduced as well.

Ease and flexibility in offering the benefit
Provisions in the Internal Revenue Code for the qualified transportation fringe benefit make it easier for companies to offer public transportation benefits to their employees. This Federal transportation fringe benefit is exempt from the complex use restrictions common to cafeteria plans and flexible spending accounts (FSA). It is excluded from the cafeteria plans under section 132(f) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your company will not have to write a plan document or obtain IRS approval.

So there is less paperwork. There are no irrevocable elections or forms. This pre-tax fringe benefit can be started any time of the year and enrollment can be limited to certain times of the year.

Call (914) 813-7741 for details or contact us at .

 

How to develop a Smart Commute program for your company and reduce the cost and stress of drive-alone commuting:

Step 1: Understanding SMART COMMUTE programs

Step 2: Identifying alternatives to driving alone

Step 3Learning what’s available in Westchester transit

Step 4: Choosing the strategies for your program and knowing who to contact for help