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If you travel to work by public transportation, you can save money by taking part in the City of New York Commuter Benefits Program, which covers New York City and the tri-state area.
This city benefit enables UFT members to pay for allowable commuting costs with pretax dollars. Participating in the program can mean a savings of up to 42 percent on monthly commuting expenses, depending on the cost of your transit travel and your individual tax situation. (You can use the online calculator to determine your savings.)
The program, administered by WageWorks, covers virtually any transit system in the tri-state area. Here’s a partial list:
New York City Transit, Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad, New Jersey Transit, PATH and NY Waterway.
Paratransit and the MTA’s Access-A-Ride program.
Parking at or near public transit to commute to work, with the Park-n-Ride program.
How to sign up
If you want to enroll or to change, suspend or discontinue payroll deductions in the Commuter Benefits Program, you can do so online at the city Department of Education’s payroll portal.
You also may complete a paper-based application by downloading an enrollment form from the DOE website. Send the completed application to: Department of Education Payroll Benefits Unit, 65 Court St., Room 1400, Brooklyn, NY 11201. The fax number is 718-935-3702.
You have several choices:
Commuter Card: The WageWorks Commuter Card is a stored-value card loaded with your pretax and post-tax deductions that can be used to purchase transit passes and tickets at many transit providers. Visit the WageWorks website at to see a full listing of transit providers.
Transit Pass: This plan allows you to arrange for home delivery of your transit provider passes and tickets through WageWorks. You will have access to WageWorks’ secure website to order your passes or tickets from the extensive catalog of transit providers in the tri-state area.
Park-n-Ride: This plan allows you to use your pretax and post-tax payroll deductions to pay for parking at or near a public transportation stop or station that you use to get to work. Only transit-related parking is eligible.
Access-A-Ride/Paratransit: This plan allows employees who receive paratransit service from MTA New York City Transit to select Access-A-Ride coupons or other paratransit options through WageWorks.
The Premium TransitChek MetroCard (PMC): Employees can receive the Premium TransitChek MetroCard, which allows them to take advantage of unlimited subway and bus rides around New York City 365 days a year. This is a special, annual unlimited card for use on city buses and trains for eligible New York City employees. See more information from the DOE and from the city’s Office of Payroll and Administration.
Note: The maximum pretax payroll deduction for commuter benefits is $255 monthly.
If you have any questions, visit the WageWorks website or call 877-924-3967 from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
What is your favorite winter-themed children's story?
The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats
The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg
The Snow Queen, by Hans Christian Andersen
Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen
The Mitten, by Jan Brett
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