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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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).
When using the Beniversal Prepaid Mastercard or eTRAC Prepaid Mastercard, set your election to cover the full monthly cost of your mass transit or parking expense. This will ensure your card is loaded with the full amount of your expense and ensures seamless card use.
If the amount of your expense exceeds the monthly pre-tax limits, you can have after-tax funds withheld to total the full expense (if permitted by your employer).
Use your Beniversal Prepaid Mastercard / eTRAC Prepaid Mastercard to directly pay for your parking expenses at your WMATA parking location. Doing so allows for proper differentiation between your transit and parking funds. Do not use a SmartTrip card to pay for your parking expenses.
Cash reimbursement for transit benefit plans are no longer an option based on Revenue Ruling 2014-32, which became effective 1/1/2016. Cash reimbursement continues to be available for parking accounts and vanpool services (when a service provider does not accept payment cards).
Get your funds faster and eliminate the risk of mail tampering or theft. Use Direct Deposit.
Log into your account at BRiWeb to sign-up for direct deposit today!
Note that at this time, the updated UberX Share and Lyft Share Rides programs no longer meet the IRS requirements for a Commuter Benefit Plan and are no longer eligible expenses.
Whether you have a Parking account, a Mass Transit account or both, your election(s) is evergreen. Your election will automatically recur each month until you make a change or stop your election. Additionally, funds roll over from month to month and year to year.
(But remember, Mass Transit and Parking are separate accounts. You can’t transfer funds from one account to the other or cash out unused funds.)
Your Beniversal Prepaid Mastercard / eTRAC Prepaid Mastercard can be used as a debit or credit card.
For credit: Swipe your card and enter your zip code if requested. If making a purchase online or through an app, fill out the required fields using your Card information.
For debit: Once you’ve set up a PIN*, proceed to use the Card as you would any other debit card.
*set up a PIN by calling 855-247-0198