Summary of SmartBenefitsSM Changes for Employees

Changes are coming to SmartBenefitsSM that you need to know about.

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  • For starters, your monthly benefit will be added automatically when you tap your SmarTrip® card at any Metrorail faregate (including elevator faregates), Metro parking target or bus farebox. You won't even know it happens; it just will.
  • Your SmarTrip® card will have three sections, or purses. The first purse will hold your benefit for transit fares only. The second purse will hold your benefit for Metro parking only. These benefits will not be transferrable from one purse to the other. The third (or personal stored value) purse will hold whatever additional amount you add to cover either transit or parking.
  • Finally, beginning in 2010, your unused transit and parking benefits will not roll over from month to month. Any unused benefits at the end of the month will be credited back to your employer. New benefit amounts will be available on the first day of the month. However, any money you put into your personal purse will always be there to use whenever you need to.

These changes are being made to comply with IRS mandates to better control the allocation of transit and parking benefits. If you have any questions about these changes to SmartBenefitsSM, please contact your transit benefits administrator, visit (click on SmartBenefitsSM) or call Metro at 202-962-1326, option 3.

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