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Commuter Transit Pass Program

Effective January 1, 2019 the Commuter Benefit will be deducted from your paycheck on an post-tax basis.

Program overview

The University has partnered with PayFlex, a major processor of commuter benefits, to administer our Commuter Transit and Parking programs (the campus parking programs administered by Transportation & Parking Services are not included). See the bottom of this page for information on commuter benefits in New York City, San Francisco, and DC.


Note that you must enroll in the program, make any changes to existing deductions or shut off your deduction by the 5th of the month in which the deduction is to be taken, for transit use beginning in the month following your deduction. Any new enrollments/changes entered after the 5th will take effect one month later. No refunds or adjustments can be provided.

You can order a transit pass or add funds to a fare card online. When you order a monthly pass, the transit authority will mail it to your home; you’ll receive it before the first day of the benefit month. If you use a fare card, you must first buy it from your transit authority. Then you can load money to it online.

In the Chicago area the program covers the popular CTA, Metra, and Pace transit systems as well as the Northwestern Shuttle. Also, employees who use the South Shore, the Chicago Water Taxi and other local transit systems will be able to take advantage of pre-tax deductions. 

Enrollment Instructions 

Creating an Account / Logging into PayFlex

Enrollment - Purchasing Transit Passes

If you are loading CTA or Pace funds onto a Ventra card, you must first obtain the Ventra card and activate it online at

Canceling enrollment

If you no longer wish to participate in the program, you must log into before the monthly cutoff date (5th of each month) and shut off your deduction. If you do not shut off your deduction before the cutoff date you will receive your transit benefit for one more month. No refunds or adjustments can be provided.