Commuter Benefits Program at Yale
How the Program Works
With the Commuter Benefits Program administered by Your Spending Account™ (YSA), 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 YSA and you will receive a savings on your transit expenses up to the IRS limits of $245 per month. 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 $245 per month. You have 180 days to submit your expenses for reimbursement from the date the expense is incurred.
Note: Off-campus parking participants can either submit expenses online to YSA using the My Benefits website, or request a paper form by contacting the Employee Service Center 203-432-5552 and pressing "6" to speak with a YSA representative.
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 10th, it will impact your transit commuting or off-campus parking order for October.
How to Enroll
To enroll in Yale's Commuter Benefits Program, faculty and staff should:
1) Log in to the University portal at www.yale.edu/portal.
2) Click on "My Benefits."
3) Under "My Spending Accounts" on the left side of the screen, click on "Commuter."
For assistance, contact Employee Services at 203-432-5552.