A commuter benefits plan is an employee benefit provided by an employer. Enrolling in a commuter benefits plan saves you money by allowing you to use pre-tax dollars to pay for qualified work-related transit and parking expenses.
Important: Your employer must be contracted with CONEXIS for you to enroll in this program.
You will find that this plan is much more flexible than other pre-tax reimbursement accounts, such as FSAs and HRAs. Participation is monthly rather than annual. You can enroll one month and not the next — it’s your choice!
Important: Please review the following information so you are aware of the rules that apply to your commuter benefits plan. Use the links below to navigate to a specific section.
IRS Section 132 rules allow you to use pre-tax funds to pay for qualified work-related commuter and parking expenses. Remember, a commuter benefits plan is sponsored by your employer, and your employer’s plan may not include both transit and parking expenses. Refer to your benefits materials for details.
Important: Qualified expenses include those incurred for your transportation between your residence and worksite. Expenses for your spouse or dependents are not eligible.
Learn more about eligible pre-tax transit and pre-tax parking expenses on our
Commuter Expenses page.
You can order your transportation passes or vouchers one month at a time, or you can schedule a recurring order. Either way, you will receive monthly emails to keep you up to date on your transit selections and your account balance.
No more waiting in line to purchase your own passes or vouchers — you can place your order online through your CONEXIS account. When your order is complete, your passes or vouchers are mailed directly to your home. If you place your order before the order deadline, you should receive your passes before the end of the month.
Get step-by-step ordering details on our Commuter Order Process page.
Important: There are monthly maximum pre-tax limits set by the IRS. Purchase amounts more than the pre-tax limits will be taken out as a payroll post-tax deduction.
- Transit: 2013 pre-tax transit limit is $245 per month*
- Parking: 2013 pre-tax parking limit is $245 per month
In most cases, your order must be placed by the 10th of the month prior to the month you’re ordering for. So if you need a bus pass for February, your deadline for ordering the pass is January 10. The same deadlines also apply to order cancellations and other changes.
Your plan may have a different deadline. Find out specific details in your benefits materials.
If you do not place your order before the deadline, you must pay for your pass or voucher out of your pocket and pre-tax dollars will not apply.
There are no receipts to submit when you place your order through your online account. In limited cases, cash reimbursements for eligible commuter expenses may be included in your employer’s plan design. To find out if cash reimbursement applies to your commuter benefits plan, see your benefits materials.
Cash reimbursements require additional supporting documentation and a completed reimbursement form.
Reimbursement requests must be submitted within 180 days after you paid for the transit or parking expense. You may submit your reimbursement request in one of three ways:
As long as you are an active participant, you may carry over unused contributions to another month. Unused amounts cannot be used to reimburse you after you have been terminated, and funds remaining in the account will be forfeited. COBRA does not apply to commuter expenses.
Transit and parking passes and vouchers are generally considered financial instruments with a cash value, and refunds and replacement passes or cards cannot be provided if missing or lost.
If you use a smart card, a replacement may be obtained with your original balance depending on the type of smart card you use. Contact CONEXIS for a replacement smart card.
* The American Taxpayer Relief Act made a retroactive change to the monthly pre-tax limit for eligible transit expenses incurred in 2012. As of January 1, 2013, the 2012 limit increased from $125 to $240 per month. This amount has been indexed for inflation and is now $245 per month in 2013.