UIC Transit Benefit Program
- Exclusive Usage
- MasterCard Distribution
We are pleased to introduce the Pre-Tax Qualified Transportation Program.
A revision in the Internal Revenue Service Code allows benefits eligible employees
to realize income tax savings by paying for commuting expenses with pre-tax dollars.
In other words, your taxable income will be reduced by the amount you select to
deduct monthly for "qualified transportation expenses". For 2015 the IRS has set the maximum
amount of expenses allowed under the program at ($130)per month.
The UIC Pre-Tax Qualified Transportation Program will offer Commuter Check Transit
MasterCard, which may be used for transportation expenditures on Pace, South Shore
Railroad and Metra. The program will also load money on transit cards for the CTA/Ventra.
You can enroll, terminate,
and modify your deductions but you must be benefit eligble and have your Nessie log-in, password and PIN to access the site: http://nessie.uihr.uillinois.edu/cf/info/index.cfm.
While CTA/Ventra has specific amounts for loading transit cards, Commuter Check Transit MasterCard users may now select any dollar amount,
up to the ($130) maximum, for MasterCards (An amount containing cents, (e.g. $129.50) is not accepted.
It is the employee’s responsibility to manage his/her participation in the program. For example:
- If your pay status changes (i.e., monthly to bi-weekly), you must make the change on-line.
- If you are suspended from the CTA program for any reason, you must re-enroll on-line.
- If your transportation needs change (i.e., you need a CTA/Ventra transit card instead of a Commuter Check Transit MasterCard or need to increase/decrease RTA voucher amount), you must make the change on-line.
- If your status changes from the faculty/staff to student you must terminate on-line.
- If your employment status changes at any time (i.e., leave of absence, medical leave, suspension, etc.), you must terminate/reinstate on-line.
For Additional information on the Commuter Check Transit program http://commuterbenefits.com
Commuter Check Transit MasterCard are to be used for regular daily direct commute from home to work
and return. You may not give, barter, exchange, convey, or otherwise transfer
The Commuter Check Transit MasterCard will be distributed in the Campus Parking Services
and Customer Service Centers Monday through Friday on the east
side of campus in 2620 SSB (from 8:30AM to 4:30PM) or the Student Center
East Service Center, First Floor (from 8:30AM to 4:30PM) or the west side of campus at B5A SCW (from 8:30AM to 4:30PM) on or after the
designated date each month(except during the Thanksgiving and Christmas
holidays). You will be required to present
a valid university i-card and
sign an acknowledgement of receipt of the MasterCard. After signing,
acknowledging the amount, and receiving this MasterCard. you become
solely responsible for it. You are to treat this MasterCard, as you
would cash. This MasterCard distribution process is designed to protect you
against loss as the MasterCard is made payable to Commuter Check and may
be used like cash to purchase their services. If you need to check the balance on your MasterCard, you need to speak with a live agent at 1-800-531-2828.
Pursuant to IRS regulations, no portion of payments made on a pre-tax basis may be refunded to the participant.
The payroll deductions taken for this program must be used to purchase a qualified transit pass or voucher.
There are absolutely no refunds, transfers, or exchanges. No exceptions.
For more information, please call Campus Parking Services at (312) 413-5800.