Berklee offers options to help faculty and staff members with the cost of commuting to and from work.
Special note for bicycle commuters: Read the message directly below about reimbursement benefits for staff members.
For staff members only: Each month, Berklee will pay $15 toward the cost of your MBTA transit pass. To receive this subsidy, you must purchase your MBTA transit pass online through Wage Works. See below for instructions. This subsidy is not available to chairs, directors, and members of the President's Council.
For all faculty and staff members: You may set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for your commuting expenses (parking and/or mass transit).
- Monthly federal pre-tax maximum for commuter parking: $250
- Monthly federal pre-tax maximum for mass transit (T pass): $130 ($115 for staff who enroll with Wage Works and receive the $15 MBTA transit pass subsidy).
The amount recognized as "pre-tax" for state income taxes may differ. If your commuting costs exceed the pre-tax maximum, you may set aside additional post-tax dollars to pay the balance. The amount you set aside may be used to:
- purchase your transit pass directly from the MBTA;
- pay your parking provider directly; or
reimburse you for your out-of-pocket parking expense.
Commuting expenses means the cost of travel from your home to and from Berklee. The costs associated with traveling to off-campus Berklee-related business events and meetings are not covered by this plan, and, instead, may be covered as business travel expenses. To participate in the commuting expenses program, you must enroll online through Wage Works, which manages this program for the college. See below for instructions.
How to Enroll, Change, or Cancel Your Commuter Benefits
Call or visit Wage Works at 877-WAGEWORKS (924-3967) or www.wageworks.com
When you enroll or make changes to your commuter benefits, changes or enrollment will take effect on the first of the second following month (i.e., the month after the month after you enroll or make a change). For instance, if you enroll at any time in the month of March to purchase a T pass, your pass should arrive in late April for use effective on May 1. Similarly, if you enroll at any time in the month of March to pay your monthly parking contract, your parking provider will be paid in late April for your May parking expenses.
You may request reimbursement from your parking expense account up to six months after incurring the expense.
MBTA Schedules: The T
Visit the MBTA here for information on schedules and more.
Carpools and the Emergency Ride Home Program
For information about opportunities for carpooling or a ride home from work in case of an emergency, visit www.commute.com.