Metropass: Pre-Tax Public Transit Benefit
The Transportation Equity Act of 2000 (IRS Code Section 132) allows the City of Minneapolis to provide valuable tax savings to its employees for mass transit expenses. The City offers you the opportunity to take advantage of this tax exemption by enrolling in the Metropass program and purchasing a pass on a pre-tax payroll deduction basis.
The Metropass allows a participant unlimited bus and light rail rides while enrolled. For the majority of City employees, the Metropass currently costs $50 per month. Different rates apply to certain employee groups.
This benefit is for regular full time, part time, and seasonal City of Minneapolis employees only. Temporary, intermittent, and contract employees are not eligible.
Independent Board and Agency employees should contact their Human Resources Department to determine if the board or agency has established a Metropass program.
How It Works
- Enroll through the HR Service Center. Click Submit an HR Request, then go to Metropass and Parking Request. Enrollment must be received by the first Friday of the month in order for your Metropass to be effective the first of the following month. Authorized pre-tax deductions occur on the 2nd paycheck of the month and pre-pay the following month.
- Once you experience a payroll deduction from the 2nd paycheck of the month, you will be notified regarding the date and time that you may pick up your new Metropass (your signature is required).
- To use, simply touch your card to the Go-To reader on your bus, or at the rail station, before you ride.
- The Metropass is valid for an express rush hour fare of $3.25. You may add up to $200 in value to your Metropass to pay long distance surcharges including the increased fare for the Northstar Line. You can add value online, at any Metro Transit Store, or at rail station ticket machines.
- If the Metropass is damaged, lost or stolen, there is a $5 fee for the first replacement and a $40 charge for a second replacement. Metro Transit may refuse a third replacement within the same 12 months for a lost or stolen pass. A fee of $5 will be charged for a name change request. There is no charge to replace a defective card. To replace your Metropass, go to the HR Service Center and click Submit an HR Request, then click Metropass and Parking Request.
- To temporarily suspend your program participation complete a cancellation/suspension form. There is no cost to reenroll, but you must complete an enrollment/re-enrollment form.
- To cancel participation, go to the HR Service Center and click Submit an HR Request, then click Metropass and Parking Request. Cancellation must be received in the Human Resources Benefits Office before the first Friday of the month to be effective the first of the following month. There will be no refunds for late cancellations.
- Participants MUST return their Metropass to the Human Resources Benefits Office when participation is cancelled or the employee terminates employment.
Last updated Oct 11, 2017