Save Money with SmartBenefits

A free commuter benefits program

SmartBenefits® is an IRS-compliant commuter benefits program that offers employers and employees an opportunity to save thousands in taxes using a pre-tax transit benefit payroll deduction; a direct employer-paid transit benefit; or a combination of the two.

Employers may save $400 or more annually in FICA and unemployment taxes for each SmartBenefits® participant.

Each participating employee may save $1,000 or more annually in taxes.

Employers may save even more by also taking advantage of the Commuter Choice Maryland Benefits Program and Montgomery County's FareShare Program. Employees may also be eligible for incentives such as Fairfax County's SmartBenefits® Plu$50 PDF Icon.

DC employers with 20 or more employees can use SmartBenefits® to comply with the DC Commuter Benefits Law that took effect in 2016.

Metro does not charge a fee to use the valuable SmartBenefits® program. Employers simply pay for the passes, fares or parking ordered as part of their benefits or payroll deduction program. Metro automatically delivers SmartBenefits to the employees that have registered SmarTrip® cards or to other participating providers such as MARC, VRE, MTA Commuter Bus and vanpools. Unused monthly benefits may be credited to future employer orders or rolled over for each employee's future use.

Get Started

Ready to open a SmartBenefits® employer account? Submit an application and an account representative will get in touch with you. Remember, Metro does not charge a fee to participate in SmartBenefits®, so there's no risk to apply.

Employees may participate only after their employer has enrolled in SmartBenefits®.

Have questions? Click the For Employers link in the navigation section on the left to learn more. Interested employers may also send an email to our SmartBenefits® account team.