Commuter Benefits Program at Yale

Commuter Check Card speeds your commute.

Yale’s transit vendor, HealthEquity, offers a pre-paid commuter check card. With the card, you can pay for and pick up your tickets or pay for your parking at the point of service and be on your way.

Effective January 1, 2024, the monthly limitation for the qualified transportation fringe benefit is $315, as is the monthly limitation for qualified parking (only for employees, not for student employees).

How the Program Works

With the Commuter Benefits Program administered by HealthEquity, paying for your commuting expenses can be more cost-effective and convenient than ever before. Commuter Benefits accounts provide tax-exempt funds to faculty and staff to pay for eligible transit and off-campus parking services for every day needs. 

Funding your account is handled through a simple payroll deduction. There are two types of accounts:

Transit Commuting (by train, bus and van pool)

Purchase your transit pass online through HealthEquity and you will receive a savings on your transit expenses up to the IRS limits of $315 per month for 2024. Your monthly transit ticket/pass will be mailed directly to you. You will also receive three daily parking permits per month, and can take advantage of the Guaranteed Ride Home Program.

Off-Campus Parking

If you park in a private (non-Yale) parking facility, you can take advantage of pre-tax savings on your parking expenses up to the IRS limit of $315 per month for 2024. You have 180 days to submit your expenses for reimbursement from the date the expense is incurred. 

Monthly Deadline

You have until the 10th of each month to place orders or make changes to your existing transit commuting or off-campus parking order. Any change made by the 10th of the month will apply to the purchase order for the following month. 

For example: If you make a change by September 10, it will impact your transit commuting or off-campus parking order for October.

How to Enroll

To enroll in Yale’s Commuter Benefits Program or submit expenses, faculty and staff should:

  1. Log in to Workday
  2. Click on the Benefits and Pay worklet
  3. See Benefit Links

For assistance, contact Employee Services at 203-432-5552.