Seattle commuters may be eligible for a new benefit

Jan 29, 2020
Written by wpengine

A new benefit for Seattle commuters takes effect this month.

It requires businesses with 20 or more employees to offer them a chance to make a monthly, pre-tax payroll deduction for transit or vanpool expenses. The aim is to encourage employees to use transit options rather than single-occupancy vehicles.

To be in compliance, employers instead may provide transit passes that are fully or partially subsidized, according to Seattle’s Office of Labor Standards.

For more information, visit or call 206-256-5297. Final rules for how the ordinance will work are here. They cover how to calculate an employer subsidy for a transit pass and how the city will enforce the ordinance.