Under the provisions of Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 132(f), the City offers eligible employees the opportunity to use pre-tax earnings to cover certain public transportation costs through the Commuter Benefits Program.
The City of New York has selected WageWorks as a provider for the Commuter Benefits Program. The program offers access to Transit Plans and many transit providers throughout the New York Tri-State area.
Once you are enrolled in a communter plan through the Commuter Benefits Program, bi-weekly payroll deducations for your plan will be taken from the first two paychecks of each month. In months with three pay periods, there will be no Commuter Benefits Program deduction taken from your third pay period. As always, your full designated montly election amount will be divided and deducted equally among your first two pay dates. You can check your balance online at WageWorks.
There are currently 5 plans available to eligible employees in the Commuter Benefits Program.
The Premium TransitChek MetroCard (Premium Card) is an annual unlimited ride MetroCard. When you enroll in the Premium Card program, you will receive a MetroCard that can be used for a continuous twelve-month period for unlimited rides on MTA subway and local buses.
Effective March 27, 2017, WageWorks Premium TransitChek MetroCard Replacement Center is located at:
36 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
Enter on the south side of 44th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues.
Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday
Closed: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Replacement of a Premium TransitChek MetroCards (PMCs) must be ordered in advance. Order a PMC replacement online or call WageWorks at 877-WageWorks (877-924-3967) Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm.
Learn more about how the 2017 fare increase for the Premium TransitChek Metrocard will affect you.
The Commuter Card is a stored value card loaded with your pre-tax and post-tax payroll deductions that can be used to purchase transit passes and tickets at transit providers throughout the New York Tri-State area.
The Commuter Card works just like a credit card at transit provider ticket vending machines, ticket windows and online/web stores. It can also be used to apply for MTA programs such as the Reduced-Fare MetroCard and EasyPay Xpress. The Commuter Card is funded with your pre-tax payroll deductions each pay date. Get more information about the Commuter Card Plan.
This plan allows you to arrange for home delivery of your transit provider passes and tickets through the City's provider, WageWorks. You can select from their extensive catalog of transit providers and transit passes covering the New York Tri-State area. See the list of Transit Pass providers.
In this plan, you fund an account with WageWorks with your pre-tax and post-tax payroll deductions and you can select a pass on the WageWorks system using the funds in your account.
WageWorks will deliver your pass or ticket to your designated mailing address by the 1st day of each calendar month, except for Metro-North Rail Road and Long Island Rail Road tickets.*
WageWorks also allows you to securely supplement purchases on their website with your personal credit card to ensure you always have enough funds for your purchases. And you can purchase multiple items such as a train ticket and MetroCard.
With the Transit Pass option, you pay an administrative fee of $3.05 per month through payroll deductions.
* Metro-North Rail Road and Long Island Rail Road send out their respective monthly tickets. Please make sure that your election on the WageWorks site reflects your correct fare or you may not receive your monthly ticket. You can also voluntarily store a credit card with MTA just in case your monthly election with WageWorks is insufficient to purchase your monthly ticket.
This plan allows you to participate in Access-A-Ride if you are an employee who receives paratransit service from MTA New York City Transit. In this plan, you fund an account with WageWorks with your pre-tax and post-tax payroll deductions and you can select your Access-A-Ride coupons or other paratransit options on the WageWorks system using the funds in your account. WageWorks will deliver your Access-A-Ride coupons or tickets to your designated mailing address by the 1st day of each calendar month. The City pays the administrative fee of $3.05 for participants in the Access-A-Ride Plan.
This plan allows you to use your pre-tax and post-tax payroll deductions to pay for parking at or near a public transportation stop or station that you use to commute to work. Only transit-related parking is eligible. You must be jointly enrolled in one of the above transit options in order to enroll in this option. You will incur an Administrative Fee of $3.05 per month for Park-n-Ride.
Use the WageWorks Online Calculator to calculate your estimated savings.
Learn more about the Commuter Benefits Program .