Seattle adopts payroll deductions for transit

Aims to reduce congestion, emissions
By Sheila Brawn
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 04/01/2019

Beginning next year, a new law in Seattle, Wash., will require employers to give their employees the option to make monthly pre-tax payroll deductions to pay for transit or vanpool expenses.

The new requirement is designed to reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions by encouraging workers to use transit other than single-occupancy vehicles to travel to and from work.

Seattle’s municipal government passed the Commuter Benefits Ordinance last fall, joining cities such as New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. that have passed similar laws.