FOR ORANGE COUNTY COMMUTERS AND EMPLOYERS
METROPOOL — A MISSION IN MOTION
For more than 25 years, MetroPool, a private, non-profit corporation, has been promoting alternatives to driving alone in the Hudson Valley. With the support of the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), MetroPool works in Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester Counties to provide a range of services and programs to commuters and employers. Consider some of the outstanding options and benefits available to you through MetroPool...
EASY STREET® NY VANPOOL PROGRAM
Easy Street® NY is a not-for-profit program sponsored by NYSDOT and administered by MetroPool. For a fixed monthly fare, groups of six to fifteen riders share the ride to work from home or a centrally located Park & Ride lot. The monthly fare includes the van, insurance, fuel, maintenance, and 24-hour roadside assistance. MetroPool works with commuters to identify existing vanpools or form new ones.
NuRide is the nation’s first incentive-based online ride-matching network. Through the NuRide Network® commuters arrange ridesharing trips and earn rewards for every confirmed trip. Signup is quick, easy and free. In the Hudson Valley Region, NuRide is sponsored by NYSDOT and administered by MetroPool.
COMMUTER TAX BENEFIT
Federal tax law allows substantial tax savings for commuters who travel to work by bus, train, ferry, or vanpool. An employer sets up a program (MetroPool can help with this) that allows an employee to set aside up to $120* per month of his/her salary before taxes to pay for transit, ferry, or vanpool fares. An employee may also set aside up to $230* for qualified parking. Savings can be more than $425 a year—just for traveling to work.
New in 2009, Bicycling Benefits - The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 included, in the $700 billion financial bailout package, a provision that expands the commuter tax benefit to those who bike to work. An employee who regularly bicycles to work may set aside $20 per month for the purchase of a bicycle and bicycle improvements, repair and storage.
*Tax-free amount as of January 2008, modified annually for cost of living adjustment.
For more information, call MetroPool at 800-FIND-RIDE or visit