Please Note: On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH) into law, which included a permanent extension of pre-tax mass transit parity with parking limits. Pre-tax mass transit limits will be permanently set equal to the pre-tax parking benefit limits. The change is retroactive for 2015. As a result, the allowable pre-tax mass transit limit for 2015 increased from $130 to $255 per month. The monthly mass transit limit for 2016 increased to $255 per month.
If you wish to make an adjustment to your 2016 commuter transit benefit deduction please email the Benefits and Retirement Administration at email@example.com.
Commuter Benefits Program
All benefits-eligible employees may enroll in the Commuter Benefits Program. The Commuter Benefits Program is administered by Benefit Resource, Inc. (BRi). With the BRi Commuter Benefits Program, paying for your commute can be more cost-effective and convenient. BRi Commuter Benefits Accounts provide tax-exempt funds through a simple paycheck deduction that you can use to pay for eligible transit and parking services.
- Beniversal Prepaid MasterCard: BRi's Beniversal card is a single card that can be used for transit, parking, and health care flexible spending accounts. The Beniversal Card operates nationwide with approved vendors that accept Debit MasterCard. This card is accepted at all WMATA terminal kiosks for SmartTrip card purchases and transactions. You will not need to place pre-orders for transit passes in advance.
- Online Claim Submission via BRiWeb: Participants can submit a claim, along with the required documentation. A history of submitted claims is available online for review.
- BRiMobile Claim Submission: The BRiMobile app allows participants to submit a claim, take a picture of receipts or upload a receipt from a file.
Transit Commuter Benefits Account
Enrolling in a Transit Commuter Benefits Account can save you up to 40 percent on commuting expenses − including Metro trains and buses, commuter trains, and more. Participants select the amount they would like to contribute for the month and their account is automatically funded with a pre-tax paycheck deduction. Participants may purchase regular daily, weekly or monthly transit passes using the BRI Beniversal Prepaid Mastercard. Per IRS guidance, employees may deduct up to $255 each month for combined commuter highway vehicle transportation and transit passes in 2016.
Parking Commuter Benefits Account
Enrolling in a Parking Commuter Benefits Account can save you up to 40 percent on work-related parking expenses. Participants select the amount they would like to contribute for the month and their account is automatically funded with a pre-tax paycheck deduction. Per IRS guidance, employees may deduct up to $255 per month for qualified parking in 2016.
Commuter Benefits Resources
- BRI Commuter Benefits Education
- BRI Commuter Benefits Instructions: Prepaid MasterCard
- BRI Commuter Benefits Prepaid MasterCard Frequently Asked Questions
Collective Bargaining Unit Employees, Compensation Units 1 and 2 Commuter Benefits
As a result of collective bargaining, the District of Columbia Government will provide $25 per month to eligible District of Columbia Government bargaining unit employees, Compensation Units 1 and 2, who use Metro public transportation to commute to and from work. If you are a bargaining unit employee covered by a collective bargaining agreement that includes this benefit, you are entitled to receive this benefit, providing you use Metro to commute to and from your place of employment with the District of Columbia Government.