NYS Ride

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Payment Options

If You Use Public Transportation

Once you've registered with WageWorks, simply select the bus, subway or rail passes, fare cards, or other fare media you want. The entire cost will be purchased through payroll deduction each month (refer to the month-by-month NYS-Ride Election and Pay Schedule here). Any amount up to the IRS monthly pre-tax limit ($265/month) will be purchased pre-tax to save you money, and the remainder will be purchased on a post-tax basis. Deductions will be taken from two successive paychecks to pay for your fare media, which will be mailed directly to your address of record. Your order will arrive before the month that you need to use it. You do not pay any postage or handling fees.

If You Use a Vanpool

Using NYS-Ride, you can buy your vanpool voucher or pass directly. The IRS considers vanpool purchases to be public transportation (see the IRS vanpool definition below). Any amount up to the IRS monthly pre-tax limit ($265/month) will be purchased pre-tax to save you money, and the remainder will be purchased on a post-tax basis. Your vanpool voucher or pass will be mailed directly to your address of record and will arrive before the month that you need to use it. You do not pay any postage or handling fees.

The IRS definition of a vanpool, to be considered public transportation and eligible under NYS-Ride is: The vanpool must have seating for six or more adult passengers; 80% of the mileage must be for transporting employees, and 50% of the seating capacity must be used for transporting employees. Any other arrangement that does not meet this requirement, such as a carpool, is not eligible as public transportation under NYS-Ride.

Direct Payment for Public Transportation or Vanpool

If your public transportation or vanpool has an agreement with WageWorks and you elect direct payment, WageWorks will pay your provider directly, either electronically or with a check, before your commuting month.

WageWorks Commuter Card

The WageWorks Commuter Card is a permanent stored value card or "electronic voucher" that can be used to make purchases at participating ticket vending machines and works just like a traditional credit card or debit card used at those same machines. You determine how much to put on the card each month and any unused balance remaining on the card carries forward for future use.

Fare Increases

Unlike the federal transit limit increases, when a transit authority increases its fare, WageWorks cannot increase your biweekly deduction until the actual fare increase date. In order for you to still receive your passes, without interruption, WageWorks will up-front the additional money needed in order to fully fund your passes. WageWorks will increase a future deduction in order to be reimbursed for the money they fronted. This increase is automatic, is only for the amount fronted, and does not affect your current order or any future orders. You will see a payroll deduction increase on your paycheck stub, and the increased deduction will occur over two successive paychecks.

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