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Active Bicycle Commuting Subsidy

Background

This subsidy was created in response to the provision in the June 2015 Implementing Instructions for Executive Order (E.O.) 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, calling for the Department of Transportation (DOT) to reconvene the Interagency Task Force on Bicycling and Active Transportation, lead the Task Force in updating the document entitled “Implementing a Successful Bicycle and Active Commuting Program in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area”, ensure such updates include expansion to metropolitan areas with major Federal offices and facilities, and evaluate ways to administer the commuter transit subsidy to encourage more bicycle trips and provide recommendations to CEQ and OMB.

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Purpose

To encourage sustainable commuting Practices, DOT is establishing a transit subsidy initiative that is consistent with 5 U.S.C. 7905 which can be used in conjunction with the transit benefit described in 26 U.S.C. 132(f).

Eligibility

All DOT Headquarters and DC Field Office employees, permanent or temporary, are eligible. Contractors and other federal employees working in DOT offices are not eligible.

Employee Obligations

In contrast to the bicycle benefit, the ABC subsidy is to be recorded as a taxable fringe benefit. This subsidy requires monthly self- certification.

Benefit

Employees will be reimbursed for self- certified out of pocket expenses not exceeding $20 per month, to include, but not limited to, bicycle related clothing, helmet, gear, etc. Receipts will be required.

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FAQ

Q1: Can I use this in conjunction with other bicycle benefit?
A1: No.

Q2: Can I use this to pay for bicycle parking at metro stations?

A2: Yes

Q3: Do I have to wear a helmet?
A3: Yes, we encourage everyone to wear a helmet and follow all rules of the road.

Q4: When is the claim for the ABC subsidy due to the Parking and Transit Benefit Office?
A4: Completed claim forms are accepted annually. They are due to the Parking and Transit Office on October 10th  for the months of October-September. 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
1200 New Jersey Ave SE
Washington, DC 20590
Point of Contact: Parking and Transit Office
E-mail:Parking.TransitOffice@dot.gov

Updated: Friday, September 13, 2019
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