Published April 19, 1999

A new Federal tax benefit was created last June to assist employers in offering transportation dollars to their employees. In addition to authorizing highway, highway safety, transit and other surface transportation programs for the next 6 years, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (known as TEA-21) changed tax laws regarding employee transit benefits. Information on these benefits, frequently termed "Commuter Choice", will be presented at a special workshop designed to make implementation of these new programs as easy as possible.

Background Information
Information on Commuter Choice opportunities was presented recently in a NETWORK newsletter article. A posting of this article is available at the following location:  http://www.hacienda.org:80/network98/tea21.html.

Commuter Choice Workshop
The American Lung Association is hosting its annual Clean Air ENVY Awards Luncheon on May 21, 1999. Prior to the luncheon, a special Commuter Choice workshop will be presented to give participants specific information on how to take advantage of the recent tax changes. The workshop and luncheon will take place at:

Gabianno's Restaurant
One Ferry Plaza
San Francisco, California

Workshop: 9:00 am to 11:30 am
Luncheon: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Workshop Topics
The workshop has an impressive, "how-to" oriented agenda. Topics will include:
  • Tax and Savings Benefits of Transit Subsidy Options
  • Case Studies (of all sizes of employers who have implemented Commuter Choice programs)
  • Implementation Resources
  • Development of an Implementation Plan
For those registered to attend the Clean Air ENVY Luncheon the cost is $25. For those attending the workshop only, the cost is $50. To register, call 1-800-LUNGUSA.

Contact Information
Hacienda Owners Association
4473 Willow Road, Suite 105, Pleasanton, California  94588-8570
(925) 734-6500  phone     (925) 734-6501  fax     info@hacienda.org  e-mail     www.hacienda.org    WWW