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Commute Options 2021

Proposed rule

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.

Advisory committee meetings


DEQ is convening an advisory committee to review the technical issues and fiscal impacts related to the proposed rules. In convening this committee, DEQ has appointed members that reflect the range of entities that are both directly and indirectly affected by proposed changes to the rules.


Public involvement

There are no public events scheduled at this time.

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EQC action

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