Commuter Benefits Program at Yale
New Commuter Check Card speeds your commute
In 2014, Yale's transit vendor, Wired Commute, will offer a pre-paid commuter check card. With the card, you can pay for and pick up your tickets or pay for your parking at the point of service and be on your way. View details and instructions for signing up.
Note regarding 2014 limits: Effective January 1, 2014, the monthly pre-tax limit for transit is expected to be $130, unless Congress votes to extend the current limit, and the monthly pre-tax limit for off-campus parking is expected to be $250.
How the Program Works
With the Commuter Benefits Program administered by Your Spending Account™ (YSA), paying for your commuting expenses can be more cost-effective and convenient than ever before. Commuter Benefits accounts provide tax-exempt funds to faculty and staff to pay for eligible transit and off-campus parking services for every day needs.
Funding your account is handled through a simple payroll deduction. There are two types of accounts:
Transit Commuting (by train, bus and van pool): Purchase your transit pass online through YSA and you will receive a savings on your transit expenses up to the IRS limits of $245 per month for 2013. Your monthly transit ticket/pass will be mailed directly to you. You will also receive three daily parking permits per month, and can take advantage of the Guaranteed Ride Home Program.
- Off-Campus Parking: If you park in a private (non-Yale) parking facility, you can take advantage of pre-tax savings on your parking expenses up to the IRS limit of $245 per month for 2013. You have 180 days to submit your expenses for reimbursement from the date the expense is incurred.
Note: Off-campus parking participants can either submit expenses online to YSA using the My Benefits website, or request a paper form by contacting the Employee Service Center 203-432-5552 and pressing "6" to speak with a YSA representative.
You have until the 10th of each month to place orders or make changes to your existing transit commuting or off-campus parking order. Any change made by the 10th of the month will apply to the purchase order for the following month.
For example: If you make a change by September 10th, it will impact your transit commuting or off-campus parking order for October.
How to Enroll
To enroll in Yale's Commuter Benefits Program, faculty and staff should:
1) Log in to the University portal at www.yale.edu/portal.
2) Click on "My Benefits."
3) Under "My Spending Accounts" on the left side of the screen, click on "Commuter."
For assistance, contact Employee Services at 203-432-5552.