As our roads and parking lots become more congested and greenhouse gas emissions from transportation rise, the need for better travel solutions is crucial.
With this concern at the forefront, we’ve implemented a program that allows County of Sonoma employees to set aside pre-tax income to pay for cleaner modes of transportation to and from work.
The Clean Commute program aims to help employees travel to and from work with less stress from traffic and parking, lower costs, and reduce our climate impacts.
Frequently Asked Questions
What transit benefits are available?
- County employees can ride free rides on Sonoma County Transit buses by simply showing their ID badge.
- County employees can ride free on Santa Rosa CityBus by obtaining monthly passes. Please see your payroll clerk for a form.
- County employees can put eCash on a Clipper card using pre-tax income through My Commuter Check. Clipper cards can be used to pay for trips on any transit in the Bay Area, including Golden Gate Transit and SMART.
- County employees also have the option of purchasing SMART 31-Day Passes, which provide unlimited rides, using pre-tax income through My Commuter Check.
Are discounts available for seniors or persons with disabilities?
Discounted Clipper cards are available to seniors (65 and over) and persons with disabilities. Employees who qualify for a discounted Clipper card may receive up to a 50% discount on transit products through Clipper.
Employees who qualify for a discounted card can visit www.clippercard.com/discounts for more information on how to apply.
Employees will have the option to load products on their discounted Clipper card, once received from Clipper, through their My Commuter Check portal.
Are discounts available when transferring between transit agencies?
Yes. SMART, Sonoma County Transit, Santa Rosa City Bus, Petaluma Transit, Golden Gate Transit and Marin Transit offer reciprocal transfer credits for Clipper card users transferring from one system to another, meaning that adult passengers receive a $1.50 discount and seniors or passengers with disabilities receive a $0.75 discount, on the second leg of their trip. Sonoma County employees already ride Sonoma County Transit and Santa Rosa CityBus for free.
Where can I find more information?
- For questions about pre-tax commuter benefits or payroll, you can contact HR Benefits at email@example.com or (707) 565-2900.
- For questions about the Emergency Ride Home Program you can visit www.scta.ca.gov/ERH or contact SCTA at SonomaERH@scta.ca.gov.
- For more information about SMART Schedules or Fares please go to www.sonomamarintrain.org or contact SMART Customer Service at (415) 455-2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For more information about the SMART shuttle you can go to www.sctransit.com/sct-in-your-community/connecting-to-smart/.