How to Save Big with Metro’s SelectPass
There’s a new way for commuters to save on Metrorail and Metrobus fares. With SelectPass, riders who frequently travel within the Metro system (+4 rides/week) can now pay one low monthly price for unlimited access to the Metrorail system, saving roughly 20% on their commute cost.
SelectPass is available at nine price points and can be used for unlimited workday travel and personal use. Here’s an example of how it works:
If you currently take Metrorail every day for short trips that cost $2.25 each way, you can purchase an unlimited Metrorail SelectPass for $81/month. Simply let your employer know a few weeks ahead of time that you would like $81/month to be assigned to “Transit Pass” funds.
If you still need a little additional bus fare, or if you occasionally take longer Metrorail trips, ask your employer to put additional funds in the “Transit” category to cover any transit fares not included in your pass. A discounted Metrobus/Metroway add-on is also available for just $45 a month at the $2.25 and $3.75 price points.
If you’re not currently enrolled in SmartBenefits®, you may still purchase SelectPass through your account on WMATA’s website. Once the pass is loaded onto your card, simply tap your card as usual to access your SelectPass funds.
What does this mean for commuters and employers enrolled in Metro’s SmartBenefits® program?
It takes just a few steps for commuters to use their benefits for a SelectPass. Traditionally, employers allocate most SmartBenefits® funds to the “Transit” benefit category, which covers all regular Metrorail and Metrobus fares. If an employee wishes to join the SelectPass program, the company’s account administrator will change the employee’s benefit type from “Transit” to “Transit Pass” by the 15th of the month.
On the 1st of the following month – when the benefit funds kick in – the employee may log into their personal SmarTrip account to “purchase” the pass using their pre-tax or subsidized SmartBenefits funds. The pass will be effective shortly afterward. Any additional funds needed for standard Metrorail or Metrobus fares should remain in the “Transit” benefit category.
Interested in learning more about transit benefits and commuter benefits? Visit goDCgo.com/commuter for more information or download an email template that will help kick start the conversation with your employer.