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Transit Benefits

Marymount University has partnered with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to offer employees transit and parking benefits using Metro SmarTrip cards. The amount you designate for this benefit will be deducted on a pre-tax basis from your bi-weekly paycheck.

What is SmarTrip?

SmarTrip is a pre-tax commuter benefit election that is available to Marymount employees.

The program allows an employee to add pre-tax dollars to their SmarTrip card each month. The money is deducted from the employee’s paycheck on a pre-tax basis and is added to their SmarTrip card each month.

SmarTrip is a permanent, rechargeable transit and vanpool fare card that uses an embedded computer chip to keep track of the dollars on the card.

The SmarTrip card can be used to ride the Metro (bus or rail) and pay for parking at area Metro stations.

How it works:

  • Employees choose the amount they want deducted from their bi-weeklyly paycheck for transit and/or parking expenses by completing the enrollment form and submitting it to Human Resource Services. The amount of the deduction, subject to the applicable limits, is not taxable.
  • The payroll deduction is taken out prior to receiving your monthly SmarTrip dollars. If you return your form to the Human Resources Office before the 15th of the month, your benefit will be effective on the first of the following month.
  • You must claim your SmarTrip Dollars each month by adding it to your card at a Passes/Farecard Metro machine. If the money is not added to your card by the last day of the month, that money will roll-over.

How much can I have put onto my card?

Federal legislation allows employers to provide employees with a tax-free or pre-tax transit benefit of up to $255 per month for transit and $255 for the parking.

FAQs

Marymount University has partnered with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to offer Marymount employees the pre-tax transit and parking benefit using Metro SmarTrip cards. The amount you designate for this benefit will be deducted on a pre-tax basis from your bi-weekly paycheck.


Questions? Please call Human Resource Services at (703) 284-1680. We will be happy to assist!

How do I enroll?

Answer
Complete a SmarTrip Enrollment Form in the Human Resource Services Office in Ireton Hall.

I am a new employee and just signed up for this benefit. When can I start using my card?
If you were hired and enrolled any day between the 1st and the 15th of the month, you can start using this benefit on the first day of the following month. If you were hired and enrolled from the 16th through the end of the month, you can begin claiming your benefit on the first of the next month following. (Example: new hires who enroll between January 16 and 30 can begin using the benefit on March 1.) All enrollment, changes, and terminations to this benefit must be submitted by the 15th of the month in order to take effect on the first day of the following month.

Can I change my semi-monthly transit and parking deduction?

Answer
The open enrollment period for stopping your deduction or making changes to your SmarTrip Dollars is the 1st – 15th of each month. The changes will take effect on the first day of the following month. After the 15th of the month, you may not make any additional changes or stop deductions until the 1st day of the next month.

How do I claim my SmarTrip dollars each month?

Answer
You must electronically claim your SmarTrip Dollars each month at any Metro station in order to begin using your dollars. This is done by downloading your dollars at one of the farecard machines in a Metro station.

How long do I have to claim my SmarTrip dollars each month?

Answer
You must claim your SmarTrip dollars by the last day of each month. If you do not complete this step by the last day of the month, the money for that month will be forfeited from your SmarTrip account.

How much does my SmarTrip card hold?

Answer
A SmarTrip card can hold up to $300.

Is there a limit on how much money I can have deducted from my paycheck each month?

Answer
Yes, you are limited to $230 per month for your transit benefit and $230per month for parking.

How long do I have to use my SmarTrip Dollars after I claim them?

Answer
Your unused SmarTrip Dollars can carry over from month to month, but don’t forget you must claim all of your dollars each month and your card only holds $300.

Do I have to download all of my SmarTrip dollars at once?

Answer
No, you can download your dollars in increments of your choice as long as you download all of your monthly SmarTrip Dollars by the last day of the month.

What if I still have paper farecards?

Answer
You can transfer the money from your farecard onto your SmarTrip card.

What happens when I separate from Marymount University?

Answer
You must notify HR Services immediately upon giving notice of your separation from the University. We will work with you to either stop your deductions or refund your SmarTrip Dollars based on when you notify HR of your termination.
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