While in many ways similar to the Flex Plan, the Commuter Choice Plan is a completely separate benefit program, not a component or optional benefit under the Flex Plan.
- Unlike a Flex Plan, the Commuter Choice allows participants to carry over any "left-over" funds unused at the end of each calendar year into the next plan year.
- Like the Flex Plan, however, the Commuter Choice is a "use it or lose it" benefit because the employee can only be reimbursed for expenses incurred after their participation effective date and then only while they are actively employed with the employer and contributing at least $1 per pay period to that benefit.
Transportation Benefits - 2012 Expense Limit $125.00 Per Month *Transit pass expenses are a pass, token or similar item which allows the purchaser to use a mass-transit facility. The mass-transit can be either publicly or privately operated and includes bus, rail or ferry modes of transportation.
Vanpools are a "commuter highway vehicle" which seats at least six adults plus the driver, at least 80% of the vehicle's use should be for vanpooling and the van should be at least 50% employee-occupied.
Cash reimbursement for transit passes is only eligible if vouchers or tokens are not readily available for distribution by the employer to the participants. Vouchers or tokens are not readily available if the vendor/voucher distributor places restrictions, minimum volumes, limits the denominations available or if the cost to the employer (other than a $15 delivery charge) would be 1% or more than the employee would have paid.
Qualified Parking Benefits - 2012 Expense Limit $240.00 Per Month *Qualified parking includes fees for parking near your business locations as well as parking near or at a "park and ride" mass-transit station, commuter highway or carpool location. Parking expenses at or near the employee's home are not qualified expenses.