The following are some
of the best websites concerning Parking Cash-Out and
other Commuter Choice Programs from around the country.
Commuter Choice Programs
A good overview of “Commuter Choice” programs
Federal Transit Administration Site - This
site has probably the best readable descriptions of
how the program works vis-a-vis compensation &
EPA’s commuter choice site presents
a lot of the same info as the FTA site, but also calculates
the environmental benefits of PCO.
Council for Local Environmental Initiatives describes
more tax code benefits of PCO within a local government
“Deduct-a-Ride” program has some great
sample worksheets to calculate both employer and employee
tax-free benefits of PCO’s, transit & vanpool
& carpool vouchers. It also details a phased-in
King Co., Washington (which encompasses Seattle) has
a very well developed commuter
choice program - including Parking Cashout - that
is excellent It is a great example of how all of the
programs could be brought together under one umbrella.
Here is a descriptive
report of the trials & tribulations King Co.
had in implementing their program.
“Commuter choice toolkit” has lots
of Q & A brochures (in pdf format) for both employers
& employees. This could is good for “at
a glance” explanation purposes.
More about Parking
and environmental underpinning of Parking Cashout
described by the Sierra Club
statement by Alan Durn in an Elmstreet Writers
The urban renaissance going on across the country
keeps running into parking problems—problems
that could easily be avoided with a full-fledged cash-out
program. Then throw out the old zoning codes and their
parking minimums, allow developers to develop more
densely, charge market rates for parking and lo &
behold, cities will flourish, sprawl will get reigned
in, energy supplies will stabilize, air will get cleaner
and taxes will go down.