Seminar to Explore Commuting Programs for Prince William Businesses

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The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) is holding a free business seminar and luncheon for employers in Prince William County on April 24, 2013.  The seminar — entitled “Financing Commuting Programs with Federal Tax Benefits and Other Incentives” — is being offered as part of PRTC’s Omni Smart Commute Program. George Mason University is hosting the event at its Prince William Campus in Manassas.

“Many Prince William County employers may be unaware of the programs that are available to save their employees money on their commute when they use transit, carpools or vanpools,” said Al Harf, PRTC Executive Director.  “Federal tax benefits have been increased recently so that employees who use transit services or vanpool to work can save up to $1,000 or more annually on their commute and employers save on payroll taxes too.  We have put together a program that will help employers learn how to take advantage of these easy-to-use programs.”

The seminar will feature a keynote address by Marty Nohe, Chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and PRTC board member.  The seminar will include expert panels on federal tax benefits, and vanpool, carpool, bicycling and telework incentive programs.  Local employers will talk about their benefit programs.  A networking event will follow the half-day event.

PRTC’s Omni SmartCommute Program provides free assistance to local employers and their employees to help ease the stress and cost of commuting while helping to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality.  Omni SmartCommute offers help with using transit, forming carpools, starting a vanpool program and telework, among other commute alternatives.

For more information on the seminar and to register, contact Avram Ramage at or call 703-468-4675.  Registrations received by April 19, 2013 will be entered into a drawing for a $75 VISA gift card.


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