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6/14/2001



Rail News: Passenger Rail

WMATA, WageWorks partner for 'Smart-er Card' benefits


Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority June 13 formed a partnership with WageWorks to provide commuter benefits for Washington-area employers using WMATA’s SmarTrip transit option — a move that could save riders up to 40 percent on their commute from pre-tax benefits.



"I am glad to see that WageWorks is offering SmartBenefits to its customers," said WMATA General Manager Richard White in a prepared statement. "This means that national companies working with WageWorks can easily take advantage of the convenience and security of the SmartBenefit program for their Washington-area employees."



Although local employers have been able to provide their employees transit benefits using SmartBenefit for some time, out-of-area employers with employees stationed in Washington have not been able to take advantage of SmarTrip — now they can. And out-of-area employers with multiple offices also can use WageWorks to administer their transit benefit.



WageWorks offers automated pre-tax commuter benefit solutions including transit and parking options throughout the United States, paperless Web or phone enrollment and free home delivery of passes to employees.



SmarTrip is a plastic rechargeable farecard containing a computer chip that keeps track of the card’s value and, if a registered card is lost, retains the value for the purchaser. SmartBenefits enables employers to add transit value electronically, rather than by printing and distributing paper vouchers.


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