|Penn Commuter Options for Faculty and Staff|
Penn encourages the use of public transportation. To assist commuters who choose to use public transportation, Penn offers discounted options and/or pretax benefits through these programs: the Commuter Pass Program (COMPASS), TransitChek®, PATCO Freedom Pass and N.J. Transit. All programs are available to full-time University faculty and staff who are not participating in the parking permit program.
Penn has negotiated an agreement with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to provide TransPasses and TrailPasses (monthly or 10-trip tickets) at a 10% discount through payroll deduction to full-time faculty and staff. Both of these programs are pre-taxed up to $255 per month. Click here for price list. For SEPTA passes or 10-trip tickets, or to make changes to your commuter benefits, click here.
Only SEPTA tokens and Amtrak passes still require transit checks. Your other Transit purchases can now be made directly through the online ordering system. TransitChek® vouchers look like a personal check with a pre-printed amount. They come in denominations of $15, $30, $35, and $65. Up to $255 worth of TransitCheks® may be purchased through payroll deduction on a pre-tax basis, which also includes a Penn 5% subsidy. The following regional transit providers participate in the TransitChek® program: SEPTA, DART, NJ Transit, Amtrak and PATCO. To order TransitChek® vouchers, click here.
Commuter Check Card Prepaid MasterCard®¹
Use this new Prepaid MasterCard accepted at Transit Agencies, fare vending machines and designated transit retail centers that sell transit passes, tickets, fare cards, and SEPTA tokens and accept Debit MasterCard® for payment. The Commuter Check Card offers the security of electronic funding—no longer relying on USPS mail. To change your enrollment click here and follow the steps to access your ADP account. For details please review the FAQ page. Penn offers up to $255 through payroll deduction on a pre-tax basis, which also includes a Penn 5% subsidy to full-time faculty and staff who participate in the Commuter Check Card Prepaid MasterCard®1 program.
PATCO Freedom Pass
Penn offers up to $255 through payroll deduction on a pre-tax basis, which also includes a Penn 5% subsidy to full-time faculty and staff who participate in the PATCO Freedom Pass Program. To get a PATCO Freedom Card, click here.
Penn offers up to $255 through payroll deduction on a pre-tax basis, which also includes a Penn 5% subsidy to full-time faculty and staff who use N.J. Transit services. To enroll click here.
¹“The Commuter Check Card Prepaid MasterCard is issued by MetaBank™ pursuant to license by MasterCard International Incorporated. MasterCard is a registered trademark of MasterCard International Incorporated.”