Qualified parking exclusion and commuter transportation benefit
For 2017, the monthly exclusion for qualified parking is $255 and the monthly exclusion for commuter highway vehicle transportation and transit passes is $255. See Qualified Transportation Benefits, Fringe Benefit Overview page 2 and section 2.
What Is SmartBenefits® Autoload?
As a Washington, D.C. metropolitan region employer, you're fully aware of the competitive nature of attracting and retaining the best employees. With SmartBenefits®, you can offer your employees a better way to get to work - and save money doing it.
SmartBenefits® is a versatile and valuable benefit for both employers and employees. It's an IRS-compliant, web-based program that lets employers assign the dollar value of employees' monthly commuting benefit directly to reusable, rechargeable plastic SmarTrip® cards, which can be used for parking, rail, van pool and bus travel throughout the D.C. metropolitan region. It can be offered as a direct employee benefit, a pre-tax deduction, or a combination of both - it's as flexible as your needs, and available online 24/7.
- Autoload Questions and Answers
- SmartBenefits® Employer Brochure
- SmartBenefits® Employee Brochure
- SmartBenefits® at a glance card
- SmartBenefits® Plus50 (incentive for Fairfax County employers)
- Getting Started With SmartBenefits® Reference Guide
How to Start
Apply for a SmartBenefits® account. Collect your employees' SmartTrip® serial numbers. Enter employees' SmarTrip® serial numbers and benefit amounts for transit and parking between first and 15th day of the month for benefits for upcoming month.
Allocate Benefit to Transit Provider:
Purchase Select Transit Passes
SmartBenefits® participants who use a van pool, MetroAccess, MARC, VRE, D & B Bus/Quick's Commuter Service, National Coachworks/Martz, CommuterDirect.com, Arlington County Commuter stores or MTA commuter buses, do not download SmartBenefits® to your SmarTrip® card. Click here for passenger and operator instructions.
To claim or access your transit or parking benefits, just use your SmarTrip® card as if you are paying your fare or parking fee and the appropriate amount will be deducted from your SmarTrip® card account's transit or parking purse. It's that simple, just tap your card to a Metrorail faregate, bus farebox or Metro parking target and you're on your way. At the beginning of each month, a new benefit amount will be available for you to use.
Claiming the monthly benefit at the machine is for Official Travel and non-Autoload customers.
SmartBenefits® Autoload Instructions
(IRS Compliant Commuter Program)
- Official Travel Claiming Instructions
Managing Your SmartBenefits® Program
The SmartBenefits® program established through Metro is a free service for employers. Go to Employer login. Metro does not charge for anything other than the fares ordered. However, if you are interested in hiring a fee-for-service organization to manage your SmartBenefits® program, feel free to contact the following groups for additional information.
SmarTrip® and SmartBenefits®
Transactions, balances and password resets, call:
7 AM - 8 PM Monday - Friday