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How to Safely Return to Work

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This handbook from the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) provides recommendations on how to safely and efficiently return to your workplace as back to work efforts begin across the country.

Using Your Card

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The Beniversal® Prepaid Mastercard® and eTRAC® Prepaid Mastercard® provide you with convenient access to your mass transit and parking accounts. Here are a few quick tips to get started:Beniversal Card Mockup

  • Point-of-sale: Your card can be used directly at approved mass transit and parking merchants that accept Debit Mastercard.
  • Link your card to a reloadable mass transit card: If you use a reloadable mass transit card, the Card can be linked to the reloadable card as the funding or payment source.
  • Pay a bill: If you receive a bill for parking services and the approved provider accepts Debit Mastercard, you can provide your card number to initiate payment.

Purchasing a SmarTrip® and/or CharmCard®

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Visit the SmarTrip Store to purchase your SmarTrip® and MTA CharmCard® using your Beniversal Card. Once you have your SmarTrip card, add value or a pass through your SmarTrip Account.

Auto Reload for SmarTrip® & CharmCard®

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Use your Beniversal Prepaid Mastercard or eTRAC Prepaid Mastercard as the preferred payment method when you set up auto reload payments for your SmarTrip® or CharmCard® within your SmarTrip Account.

Which Parking Lots Accept Beniversal / eTRAC?

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If you would like to check the availability for using your Beniversal Prepaid Mastercard / eTRAC Prepaid Mastercard at various WMATA parking lots, go to: https://www.wmata.com/service/parking/

Under the “Select a Station” drop down:

  1. Select your parking location from the drop down options and select “Submit”.
  2. Look under the “Payment” info and you will see whether the parking location accepts card payments, including Debit Mastercard.
  3. If it does, you can use your Beniversal / eTRAC Card as a payment method!

MARC, VRE and MTA Commuter Bus

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Use your Beniversal Prepaid Mastercard / eTRAC Prepaid Mastercard to purchase MARC, VRE and MTA Commuter Bus fare through CommuterDirect.com®. CommuterDirect.com lets you buy transit tickets and passes online and have them delivered to your home or office. As a CommuterDirect.com account holder you can set up a renewable order to automatically receive the tickets and passes you need for your commute.

Passes may also be purchased directly from a Commuter Store Location.

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Paying for Shared Rides

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Your Beniversal Prepaid Mastercard / eTRAC Prepaid Mastercard can be used for eligible Shared Rides (previously Lyft Line) services. When using your Card as the payment source, you will be assigned to qualifying vehicles. If you attempt to use it for regular trips, it will be declined.

Please Note: The home address on file in the Lyft app must match your home address on file with BRI.

Pre-Tax Limits and Election Changes

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The maximum monthly pre-tax limit for parking and mass transit is set by the IRS each year.

For 2020 (January 1, 2020 and after) the maximum pre-tax monthly amount is $270.

For 2021 (January 1, 2021 and after) the maximum pre-tax monthly amount is $270.

When limits increase, BRI and your employer should automatically adjust your pre-tax and after-tax deductions to reflect the new limits.

NEED TO CHANGE YOUR ELECTION? Follow the process outlined by your employer to make a change to your election. You can expect changes to take effect in 1-2 payroll cycles (depending on your employer’s process).