Your commute could be saving you money.
Use tax-free dollars to pay for your commute by bus, rail, or ferry and any parking near these commuter stations or your workplace.
What is a commuter account?
A commuter account is an employer-sponsored benefit program that allows an employee to set aside pre-tax funds in separate accounts to pay for qualified mass transit and parking expenses associated with your commute to work.
Eligible expenses include:
Mass Transit
Get reimbursed for transit passes, tokens, fare cards, vouchers, or similar items entitling you to ride a mass transit vehicle to or from work. The mass transit vehicle may be publicly or privately operated and includes bus, rail, or ferry.
Van-Pooling
Van-pooling is not to be confused with carpooling. Van-pooling requires a commuter highway vehicle with a seating capacity of at least 7 adults, including the driver. At least 80 percent of the vehicle mileage must be for transporting employees between their homes and workplace, with employees occupying at least one-half of the vehicle's seats (not including the driver's seat).
Parking
Get reimbursed for parking expenses incurred at or near your work location or a location from which you continue your commute to work by car pool, van pool or mass transit. Out-of-pocket parking fees for parking meters, garages and lots qualify. Parking at or near your home is not an eligible expense.
Why should I enroll in a commuter account?
Mass transit has always been eco-friendly and a great way to get some work done on your commute, but there is a new reason to get excited about your commute. Participating in a commuter account puts money back in your wallet. Contributions to a commuter account are free from federal income, Social Security, and Medicare taxes and remain tax-free when it is reimbursed for eligible expenses. If you pay for mass transit, van-pooling, or parking on your commute to work, you'll want to take advantage of the savings this plan offers.
The chart below illustrates potential savings based on a variety of contribution levels:
Account
Type
Monthly
Contribution
Annual
Savings*

Transit or Parking Only

$150

$498

Transit or Parking Only

$245

$813

Both Transit and Parking

$490

$1,626

*For illustrative purposes only. Based on 7.65% FICA and 15% federal tax. Your tax situation may be different. Consult a tax advisor.

How much can I contribute?
Monthly limits are set by the IRS. For 2013, contributions for parking and transit passes are limited to $245 each per month ($490 in total). Your monthly balance is carried forward and you can make adjustments to your contribution, join, or terminate plan participation at any time.
How does it work?
You authorize your employer to deduct a pre-tax amount for parking or van-pooling/transit from each paycheck, up to the IRS limits stated above. You can pay out of pocket and then file a paper or online claim for reimbursement.