Will Congestion Pricing Affect Your Employees? If So, You Can Help

August 8, 2019

The average American’s commute from their home to their workplace is nearly 27 minutes. That’s about 4½ hours per week! And that’s taking a toll on your employees, since the more time an employee spends driving to work, the unhappier they are.

Congestion is one of the reasons that work commute times increase annually, and many cities are responding by considering or implementing congestion pricing. So what is congestion pricing? And what can you do to help your employees if they’re affected by heavy traffic on their work commute? Keep reading to find out, and complete the form below to get your infographic to learn more about how you can improve their commute.

What is congestion pricing?

The term “congestion pricing” describes drivers being charged fees to drive on roads that are highly congested. Cities that have or are considering congestion pricing for their busiest roadways are doing so in hopes of:

  • Reducing traffic
  • Encouraging commuters to take public transportation
  • Generating money to pay for the cost of maintaining heavily trafficked areas.

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration lists four common types of pricing strategies, which include variable rates based on the lane drivers choose to drive in, the time in which they drive through a certain area or a base rate for driving on all roads or lanes in an area at any time.

Where will you find it?

Congestion pricing has been in place in Europe for decades. For example, Oslo, Norway has had it in place since 1990.  New York City recently became the first American metropolis to implement congestion pricing for vehicles using surface roads in parts of Manhattan. Details are still being worked out, but the pricing structure could begin as early as December 31, 2020. The fee is expected to be more than $10.

A number of other major American cities, including Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle are considering congestion pricing to mitigate their traffic issues.

How can Commuter Benefits help?

You can help your employees by offering a Commuter Benefits plan that incentivizes commuting methods that aren’t affected by congestion pricing. Plus, your employees can save as much as 40 percent on their monthly commuting costs when they participate. Encourage them to save by: 

  • Promoting your area’s public transit options.
  • Sponsoring a vanpool program.
  • Reminding your employees of their ability to save with Lyft Shared or uberPOOL.

Would you like to learn more about how you can alleviate your employees’ commuting stress? Submit the form above to get your free infographic.

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