This issue includes:
- Federal Tax Credit Expansion
- Commuter Choice Maryland Employer Partner Program
- Happy 1-Year Anniversary to incenTrip
- Maryland Green Registry
- Stacey King, TDM Specialist Spotlight
- The Maryland Strategic Highway Safety Plan
- MDOT State Highway Administration's (MDOT SHA) Drive to Survive in Winter Weather
- Upcoming Events
Federal Tax Credit Expansion
Employers have even more reasons to offer commuter benefits in 2023! The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the Qualified Transportation Fringe Benefit limit in
2023 is increasing to $300 per employee per month, paid through employee pre-tax deductions, employer-provided subsidies, or a combination of both.
The monthly limit for any commute cost including in a car/carpool/vanpool, a transit pass or qualified parking are all $300. Read the entire IRS Revenue Procedure 2022-38 at www.irs.gov.
Don’t forget that employer-provided commuter
subsidies may also qualify for the Maryland Commuter Tax Credit! Commuter Choice Maryland can help your organization build a commuter benefits program – learn more at www.commuterchoicemaryland.com.
Webinar: Financial Benefits of Telework
Commuter Choice Maryland recently hosted a webinar on the Financial Benefits of Telework with special guest Sarah D. Sheppard, J.D., M.P.A., Director, Education and Workforce at the Maryland Department of Commerce. The webinar highlighted two important programs: the Business Telework Assistance Grant offered by the Department of Commerce, and the Maryland Commuter Tax Credit administered by MDOT. If you were not able to join the webinar,
don't fret! Check out the video recording here and the presentation slides here to learn more about how teleworking can benefit
businesses in Maryland.
The Commuter Choice Maryland
Employer Partner Program
LET’S PARTNER UP!
We’re looking for top Maryland employers that want to lead in employee recruitment and
retention, help reduce congestion, improve the environment, and facilitate economic opportunity in Maryland by implementing easy benefits to improve employees’ commutes.
Partners receive recognition, complimentary guided support, featured profiles, custom transportation plans & surveys, spotlight webinars featuring their organization and more!
Did you know, that state and local agencies; organizations; and non-profits can join the Employer Partner Program?
To learn more and apply to become an employer partner today, click the button below.
Happy 1-Year Anniversary to the incenTrip App!
In November 2021, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Commuter Choice Maryland program successfully launched incenTrip statewide, Now all
Maryland commuters can use the free mobile application to save time and money, while also earning cash rewards when they take transit, rideshare, or use other alternatives to driving alone during the peak commute times.
To learn more about how to use the app; the benefits of incenTrip; the new features and how to redeem rewards; and to download the app, please visit: mdot.maryland.gov/incentrip.
And remember, if you are enjoying the incenTrip app, please leave us a review!
Share your good news!
If your business or organization is already involved in commuter benefit programs, it's likely that you are implementing
other practices that reduce your organization's impact on the environment. If so, don’t keep it a secret! Join nearly 600 businesses and other organizations throughout the state that have shared their green practices through the Maryland Green Registry.
The Maryland Green Registry is a free program created to promote and recognize sustainable practices at organizations of all types and sizes within the state. Businesses, churches, schools, government
agencies and other organizations are all invited to join and share the steps they’ve taken to reduce their environmental footprint through energy and water conservation, waste reduction and other practices. Collectively, members have saved more than $98 million annually through sustainable practices.
Member benefits include an online profile promoting your environmental commitment, window decal and use of the logo for marketing materials, access to free technical
assistance programs, and eligibility for the annual Maryland Green Registry Sustainability Leadership Awards.
Joining is free and easy to do. The application should take less than 30 minutes to complete and asks you to share at least five of your organization’s environmental best practices and one measurable result. Click the button below to download the application.
Spotlight on Stacey King, TDM Specialist
We are so excited to share that Stacey King has joined the Maryland Department of Transportation and Commuter Choice Maryland as the new TDM Specialist! We
thought you might enjoy learning a little more about her!
"The thing I love most is helping people understand how to use
-Stacey King, TDM Specialist
To learn more about Stacey and to read her full interview, click the button below.
Drive to Survive in Winter Weather
Winter is here, which comes with low temperatures, ice, and snow. Winter weather can make for challenging commutes when roads get slick. MDOT SHA has shared tips to help you get
safely to your destination when driving in winter weather.
- Buckle up and make all of your passengers do the same.
- When a snow emergency is declared, avoid driving. If you must drive, allow extra time to get where you are going.
- Four-wheel drive vehicles are just as vulnerable to slipping on ice as regular two-wheel drive vehicles.
- If your car begins to skid, do not slam on your brakes. Take your foot off the gas pedal and immediately steer in the direction of the skid.
- Increase the
following distance between your vehicle and others on the road, especially snowplows.
- Bridges and ramps freeze first and may be especially difficult to navigate.
- “Don’t Crowd the Plow” – Never pass a snowplow or salt truck, and be especially respectful of a plow train! A plow train is a group of trucks that
form a line across lanes to clear snow.
- If you are stranded, do not abandon your vehicle. The safest place to wait for help is in your car.
For real-time traffic information and live cameras, visit MD 511.
The Maryland Strategic
Highway Safety Plan
The Tri-County Council is preparing a Strategic Highway Safety Plan, working towards zero highway deaths.
The Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland (TCCSMD) received a grant from the MDOT Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA), Highway Safety Office to complete a Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) for both Charles and St. Mary’s County. The first planning meeting was held on November 22, 2022, and led by George Clark, Certified Community Transit Manager (CCTM), Project Manager for TCCSMD. Attendees included local county planners; police department agencies; and representatives
from local hospitals and local Emergency Medical Services.
The SHSP must be completed by June 30, 2023.
The Maryland Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is a statewide, coordinated, comprehensive, traffic safety plan to reduce highway fatalities and serious injuries on all public streets
and highways. It establishes overall goals and objectives, as well as strategies within each of six key areas. The SHSP is a working document covering the years 2016 through 2023.
For more information about the Maryland Strategic Highway Safety Plan, click here.
Stay Connected & Informed
Commuter Choice Maryland representatives are always looking for opportunities to share information about commuter benefits and tax credits, either in-person or virtually. If you have an event that you would like Commuter Choice Maryland to be a part of, or are seeking more information on commuter and employer benefits,
please contact us at [email protected].
For more information on Commuter Choice Maryland, please contact us at 410-865-1100 or email [email protected]. Representatives are available to assist Monday—Friday, 8:00 am—4:30 pm. Visit our website at: www.commuterchoicemaryland.com.
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