●● Commuter Benefits
Flexible, Compliant, Handy, Savvy.
What more could you want in a commuter benefits plan?
Edenred’s Commuter Benefits are pre-tax powerhouses. Offering feature-rich and hassle-free solutions, whether you need to comply with a local ordinance or just want to make commuting a little less costly for the team and the environment.
Our commuter plans help maximize tax savings for you and participants while also reducing input from your HR/benefits team. Plus, they’re crafted to be compliant with tax laws and commuter mandates across the nation, and protected with data security that meet the toughest standards, including GDPR.
We develop commuter and transit benefit plans to help overcome the challenges of getting to work each day. Just like we’ve done for more than 30 years.
Companion to More Than 1 Million Employees
and 10,000+ Companies Nationwide
Why Offer Commuter Benefits?
Commuter benefits help employees pay for their daily commute via public transit (bus, train, subway, ferry) or vanpool by using pre-tax earnings — up to $315/month for transit and $315/month for qualified parking. Payroll deduction of pre-tax commuting dollars allows employers to save on payroll taxes too.
Currently, nine U.S. metros mandate transit benefits, but employers in other locations often offer Edenred’s robust commuter benefits to:
- Differentiate their employer brand for retention and recruiting
- Support sustainable and green commuting initiatives and missions
- Promote in-office and hybrid schedules
- Cut employee out-of-pocket commuting costs through optional employer contributions
- Set aside commuting funds for employees with pre-tax deductions
- Reduce employer payroll taxes
- Cover additional commuting options through Microbility Benefits
Download our free guide, Commuter Benefits 101.
How much can you save?
Discover how Edenred meets your company’s goals and values
Pre-loaded debit card
Single login for app and web benefits portal
Dedicated customer service for participants thru chat or phone
Integration with all major payroll systems
Migrate from current benefits plan with ZERO downtime
World-class tech and support teams for HR, IT, employer
Micromobility add-on for more commuting options
Public transit, including bus, train, ferry
Parking plus discount thru SpotHero, where available
Micromobility options (post-tax benefits)
E-scooter, e-bike, and moped rentals
Bicycle equipment and repairs thru partner shops
Edenred’s Guaranteed Ride Home
Pre-tax and other savings for employees and employers
Employees save taxes on up to $600 monthly…
Section 132(f) of the IRS tax code allows employees anywhere in the U.S. to set aside up to $315 per month pre-tax to pay for their public-transit commutes. Another $315 is available for eligible paid parking.
And save even more with exclusive partner discounts
From SpotHero to Lyft and Lime, Edenred’s network of partners help employees save on other expenses, too.
Employers save on payroll taxes
Employers can save an average of $40 per month on payroll taxes for each participating employee. Plus Edenred’s innovative, intuitive, and flexible commuting options can boost employee participation company-wide, which helps savings climb even more.
How One Commuter Plan Works Across Your Organization
Make Sustainable Commuting Part of Your Employer Brand with Micromobility
Edenred’s Micromobility add-on lets you offer more commuting choices and additional green-commuting options, which can give your brand a lasting environmental impact.
For commuters who travel just 20 miles daily for work, switching from single-car occupancy to public transit results in a reduction of 4,800 pounds of CO2 emissions per year.
Our Micromobility add-on includes
E-bike, e-scooter, and e-moped rentals
Exclusive partner discounts
Offer more choices to the daily commute
With Edenred’s Micromobility add-on, employees access even more commuting benefits post-tax, whether they hop on a scooter for an appointment down the block or use an alternative, sustainable ride to cover the final mile.
So many options!
Rent e-scooters and mopeds
Take a personal bike into a
partner shop for quick repairs
Purchase biking gear or a whole
Commute with the team on a corporate shuttle
Hop on an e-bike to reach an
early morning meeting on time
Catch an Edenred Private Ride
How it works
Employees use their Edenred card and app to access exclusive partner discounts, book private rides with the Edenred-only pricing, and even pay with post-tax commuting subsidies, if selected by employer. And it’s all managed by the employee through the same system and login as their pre-tax Commuter Benefits plan.
Commuting is even more affordable with exclusive Edenred partner discounts
No more questions about how to pay
Micromobility add-ons are accessed thru the same system, same card as Edenred’s Commuter Benefits. Plus employees can add a personal debit or credit card to pay for expenses not covered by their benefits plans.
✓ More green and sustainable commuting options
✓ Seamlessly interfaces with all Edenred Benefit Plans
✓ Covers the final mile with post-tax funds
✓ Plans that differentiate your employer brand
✓ More options, partners, and discounts coming soon!
See Edenred’s Commuter Benefits and Micromobility add-on in action
Commuter benefits that meet local mandates and ordinances
U.S. employers in the following metros are required to offer commuter benefits to their teams.
✓ New Jersey (statewide)
✓ New York City
✓ Washington, DC
✓ Los Angeles
✓ Berkley & Richmond, CA
✓ San Francisco Bay Area
✓ Chicago (January 2024)
Download our free All-in-1 Commuter Benefits Ordinance Guide
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Why do companies choose Edenred Commuter Benefits?
“We needed a commuter plan but wanted something that would also boost employee retention and acquisition — a commuter plan unlike anything else in the market…”
Read the story to see why Edenred was the natural fit.
Commuter benefits are just one thing we do
Edenred is a global, leading services and payments platform providing a wide-range of workplace solutions including Commuter Benefits, LSAs, Anytime Pay, and Claims Reimbursement that work seamlessly together to make employees’ days a little nicer.
- 10,000+ U.S. employer employers
- 1 million U.S. employee participants
- Global presence, operating in 45 countriesADA-compliant employee portal
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FAQs about Edenred’s Commuter Benefits plans
Can Edenred’s Commuter Benefits plan integrate with my payroll company?
Yes, we most likely do! Edenred’s Commuter Benefits integrate with all major HR and payroll software and services.
If I provide an employer subsidy for commuting, will unused funds be returned to the company when an employee leaves?
Yes. When an employee leaves unused employer-provided funds in their Edenred account after leaving the company, those funds are returned to the employer.
How and where does the Edenred Prepaid Card work?
Edenred’s Prepaid Card can be used at any compliant location that sells transit or parking items only. While an employee cannot use their Edenred card to purchase a transit pass at a local convenience store, they can use it to purchase a transit card at a transit vending machine.
Can pre-tax parking and transit benefits be used for non-work commuting?
Pre-tax commuter benefits are governed by IRS regulations and can be used only for commuting to and from work.
Is a commuter benefit worth it if I’m not mandated to provide it to my employees?
Yes, commuter benefits can help employers reach a number of different goals:
- Save on payroll taxes (employers may save up to $40 a month for each participating employee)
- Support green and sustainable commuting initiatives
- Differentiate the employer brand in markets where commuter benefits aren’t mandated
- Differentiate employer brands with the Micromobility add-on in markets where commuter benefit mandates exist
- Encourage return-to-office or transitions to hybrid scheduling for employees
What’s the difference between transit benefits and commuter benefits?
Commuter benefits and transit benefits are simply two different ways to refer to the same benefit.
Is Edenred’s Micromobility add-on paid with pre-tax dollars?
No. Only the Commuter Benefits solution uses pre-tax dollars for commuting expenses (up to $315 monthly for public transit and $315 monthly for parking). The Micromobility add-on consists of post-tax benefits.