METRO Star Vanpool

Looking for a great perk for both employees and your organization? METRO Star Vanpool is a rideshare service that offers a flexible and reliable ride to work. Benefits include:

  • Helps you recruit and retain workers from outlying areas
  • Potentially reduces your payroll taxes and employee taxes
  • Eases congestion in the company parking lot and on the road
  • Reduces employee commuting stress and time
  • Lower your carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable future
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METRO STAR Vanpool vehicle near downtown Houston.

Tax Benefits

The 1998 amendment to the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) created financial incentives related to commuter benefits for employers and employees. Pick one incentive or a combination, up to a limit of $315 per employee per month. Be sure to contact an attorney or accountant for specific tax guidance.

Subsidy Options

Your company covers employee transportation costs when they commute via mass transit (bus or vanpool). Employees don't pay taxes on the value of this benefit.

Your company shares transit commuting costs with employees and everyone can receive valuable tax savings. Employers can provide a portion of the cost of taking transit or vanpooling as a tax-free benefit and allow the employee to exchange taxable salary for a tax-free bus or vanpool benefit.

Tax Matters

It's when you offer employees the option to “cash out” of their existing parking space. In other words, you can offer your employees their parking space cost in the form of taxable salary or tax-free transportation benefits.

No. When employees exchange taxable salary for a tax-free bus or vanpool benefit, the amount exchanged isn't subject to payroll taxes. Employees save money because this reduces their amount of taxable income.

Next Steps

Our team analyzes your firm’s current transportation situation through zip code density maps and employee transportation surveys. Based on the data, we then match employees to new or existing vanpool routes, conduct transportation workshops and fairs and offer discounts to qualified riders. Email us at or engage with us in any of the following ways:


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We're Better Together

Incentivizing your workforce to commute together offers a variety of benefits for both employees and your company, according to data from Enterprise and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Number of EmployeesParking Spots SavedEmployee SavingsCarbon Emissions Reduced
50041$454,422 per year736,567 lbs. per year
75062$681,633 per year1,113,834 lbs. per year
1,00083$908,845 per year1,491,100 lbs. per year
1,500125$1,363,267 per year2,245,633 lbs. per year
2,000167$1,817,690 per year3,000,166 lbs. per year
2,500209$2,272,112 per year3,754,699 lbs. per year
3,000251$2,726,535 per year4,509,231 lbs. per year
4,000335$3,635,380 per year6,018,297 lbs. per year

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