Transit Benefit

NYC Health + Hospitals offers employees two voluntary transit programs to fund the purchase of various commuting options such as MetroCards, transit passes, etc. and parking options. Under the provisions of Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 132, NYC Health + Hospitals is able to provide programs where you can pay for work related commuting and parking with pre-tax deductions that reduce your payroll tax withholdings, thereby saving you money. The programs are the Premium TransitChek MetroCard Program and the WageWorks Program. You can enroll in one or both programs.

Premium TransitChek MetroCard Program

The Premium TransitChek MetroCard Program is a benefit providing you with the continuous use unlimited MetroCard, paid for using pre-tax dollars for the purpose of commuting via NYC Transit subways and bus lines. Learn more

WageWorks Program

The WageWorks Program is a benefit providing you with the option of using pre-tax and post-tax dollars to purchase transit passes (such as NJT, LIRR,etc.), MetroCards, and parking used for commuting to and from work. Learn more

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I participate in both WageWorks and Premium TransitChek MetroCard programs simultaneously?

You can enroll in both the Premium TransitChek MetroCard program and the WageWorks program but there is one restriction. You cannot enroll in both thePremium TransitChek MetroCard Program and the WageWorks Commuter Card – No Admin Fee Plan. You may, however, enroll in any other WageWorks Program plans.

If you are enrolled in both the Premium TransitChek MetroCard Program and a WageWorks Plan, the monthly pre-tax cap of $260 is applied to all the transit plans (Premium TransitChek MetroCard, WageWorks – Commuter Card plan and Transit Pass plan). The order in which the monthly pre-tax cap is applied is as follows: Premium TransitChek MetroCard, then the WageWorks Commuter Plan or the Transit Pass Plan.

For example, if you sign up for the WageWorks Transit Pass plan with a monthly deduction of $350 in addition to the Premium TransitChek MetroCard program, your monthly deductions will be as follows:

Program Type Monthly Ded. Amt. Calculation
Transit Center Premium TransitChek MetroCard Pre tax $116 *  
WageWorks Transit Pass plan Pre tax $275 $260-116=$144
WageWorks Transit Pass plan Post tax $75 $350-144=$206
* This amount may vary from what appears on your pay check. This is because the deduction amount per pay check is calculated by totaling the cost per year and dividing it by 26 (for biweekly payroll cycle).
How do I save on my income taxes when I enroll in a transit benefit program?

In 2016, the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 132 that governs the HHC TransitBenefit Programs, allows you to fund your transit benefit account with pre-tax dollars up to $260 per month and parking account with pre-tax dollars up to $260, through payroll deductions. As a result, you do not pay federal, state, city, social security, and Medicare taxes on your pre-tax transportation deductions.

How much you'll save depends on how much you set aside to spend on your commute, and on your tax situation. For every $100 of eligible expenses, most people will save a combined $30 to $40 on their:

  • Federal income tax
  • FICA (Social Security and Medicare) taxes
  • State income tax (in most states)

To see an example of estimated savings if you sign up for the WageWorks program, o see an example of estimated savings if you sign up for the WageWorks program, click here

How is my W-2 affected?

Your taxable wages in Box 1, social security and Medicare wages in Boxes 3 and 5, and state and local wages in Boxes 17 and 20 will be reduced by the value of the TransitBenefit pre-tax deductions from your pay.

For the Premium TransitChek MetroCard Program and the WageWorks Commuter Card – No Admin Fee Plan and the Access-A-Ride/Paratransit Plan, the amount of the administrative fee(s) paid to the Transit Benefit provider on your behalf by NYC Health + Hospitals will be shown in Box 14 as a fringe benefit and added to your taxable earnings in Boxes 1, 3, 5, 17 and 20. For all other WageWorks Program plans, the administrative fee will be deducted from your pay check on a post-tax basis.