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SmartBenefits – Pre-tax Benefit

SmartBenefits allows you to payroll deduct your public transportation commute costs on a pre-tax basis.

Depending on your authorized deduction amount and your tax bracket, you can potentially save hundreds of dollars per year by participating in this program. Deductions are taken bi-weekly for 20 pay periods between September and June, and monthly benefits are assigned to a SmarTrip card (electronic transfer) for riders of Metrorail, Metrobus and over 140 participating transit companies.

With SmartBenefits® and SmarTrip®, employee participants may pay fares on numerous providers with just one card. The following area transit providers accept SmarTrip®:

The SmartBenefits® vouchers cannot be loaded onto a SmarTrip® card and they are not redeemable for cash. Employees may use SmartBenefits® vouchers on regional transit systems that have not adopted the SmarTrip® fare payment system: Virginia Railway Express (VRE), MARC Rail, and MTA commuter buses (Eyre, Dillon's, and Keller).

Enroll by completing an enrollment form and payroll deduction form. These can be downloaded here or obtained from your Departmental Transportation Coordinator. Graduate Assistants who use payroll deduction are also eligible for SmartBenefits.

For additional information, please call the Department of Transportation Services at 301-314-PARK and select "1" for Parking. For questions about your Smartrip card, visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's web site at:

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SmartBenefits Schedule
Pay Period Benefits Issued
201705-06 October 1
201707-08 November 1
201709-10 December 1
201711-12 January 1
201713-14 February 1
201715-16 March 1
201717-18 April 1
201719-20 May 1
201721-22 June 1
201723-24 July 1