Rulemaking contact: Karen Font Williams, 503-863-1664
DEQ is conducting a rulemaking about Employee Commute Options. DEQ is proposing to revise rules applicable to employers in the Portland metropolitan region and to develop new rules to apply to employers in other urbanized areas of the state.
Employer-based commute option programs bring multiple benefits to air quality, workers and employers. DEQ’s calculations show that commute options like using transit, biking and telecommuting can prevent up to tens of thousands of tons of greenhouse gasses, smog forming pollutants, and toxic air contaminants from entering the air each year. Commute option programs across the state help workers get to work safely and conveniently. DEQ implements an Employee Commute Option program in the Portland metropolitan area, which is mandatory for employers with more than 100 employees at a worksite. Transit districts, transportation management agencies and nonprofit organizations support voluntary commute option programs across Oregon.
DEQ will be convening an advisory committee during summer of 2021. The committee will help DEQ revise and develop rules to strengthen and expand employee commute options. DEQ will hold public comment on proposed rules in late fall of 2021 and present proposed rules to the Environmental Quality Commission early in 2022.