Capital District Transportation Authority
Central New York Regional Transportation Authority
Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority
Commuter Choice Programs at Four Upstate Public Transportation Authorities In Commuter Choice Programs, employers may deduct from their taxes the cost of fringe benefits that promote the use of mass transit by their employees (e.g., deductions may be taken for the cost of transit passes provided to employees at no charge). We examined the effectiveness of Commuter Choice Programs at four upstate public transportation authorities (the Capital District Transportation Authority, the Central New York Regional Transportation Authority, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, and the Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority). We found that none of the Authorities had taken actions that would enable the effectiveness of Commuter Choice Programs to be assessed, as none had set ridership goals for the Programs and none had developed methods for measuring increases in ridership resulting from the Programs. We recommended that such actions be taken. We also recommended that Commuter Choice Programs be marketed more effectively by the Authorities, as many of the employers contacted by us in the Authorities’ ridership areas were not aware of the Programs.
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