Eligibility for participation in the transit program requires an FTE .80 or higher.
2016 IRS Transit Monthly Allowance Increase
The transit allowance for 2016 is $255. This includes payroll deductions that can be used for transit only (Ventra, Metra, Pace and etc) we DO NOT participate in an IRS parking allowance program. This means that your total monthly payroll deductions cannot exceed $255.00. Benefit Express and Human Resources will work in partnership to adjust all transit accounts for those that wish to increase their transit deductions. The IRS transit limits are subject to change at any time. We will communicate any changes to you in a timely fashion and provide guidance on how to make changes to your elections if needed.
How the Program Works
Enroll in the Transit Benefit Program via the Internet at: www.LoyolaExpress.com. Using the Internet to enroll is easy and safe. Our secure website is set up to automatically take you through easy enrollment steps with instructions on line. After you log on, the website will prompt you to enter your LOYOLA USERNAME and your LOYOLA PASSWORD. You may phone Benefit Express—Customer Service at 877.837.5017 if you have questions or enrollment problems. New participants will recieve a transit debit Mastercard in the mail from Benefit Express shortly after enrollment so be on th elookout for a plain white envelope containing your card.
You may log on at any time to view or change your elections and you DO NOT have to access Benefit Express site via the Lawson portal. To start, stop, or change your election(s) online, the cut-off date is the 14th of each month. Your new change will be effective with the following full month’s payroll deduction(s) taken for the subsequent month’s transit fare media. This simply means that you pay for your transit a month in advance. You will make your changes or elections one month, the following month you will see the actual changes in your payroll deductions and the next month you will be able to use your new transit election amount.
The Benefits Debit Card is a debit Master Card that gives you easy access to ALL reimbursement accounts combined into one card.
The following are highlights about the Debit Master Card:
- No debit card fee
- Easy access to all reimbursement accounts (Health Care FSA, Dependent Care and Transit)
- The card will be funded with your monthly Transit election contribution by the last week of every month. These funds will be available to use by 1st of the following month.
- The card has a three year expiration date
- Can be used to fund the Central Card or purchase single use Ventra passes or Metra Tickets
- Can use the debit card as a form of payment for your Ventra Card or use the card to purchase transit at any Ventra or Metra transit outlets.
- Any transit dollars not used will continue to rollover from month to month except for those that terminate from the university.
- Outlets such as participating Jewels and Walgreens can use your Benefit Card to add value to your Ventra card.
- You can use your Debit Card at any Ventra kiosk
All transit participants have been moved to the Benefit Express Debit Master Card. Participants will now use this Debit Card to fund their Ventra Cards (online or via kiosk) or purchase their Metra Passes or Link Up passes. You cannot use the your transit dollars or Debit Card to pay for any type of parking, this includes university parking lots and CTA or Metra park and ride lots.
The Benefit Express Debit Master card is the same card Flexible Spending participants use for their FSA account. Employees that currently receive both transit and flexible spending will use the same card for all of their spending accounts. Those that only participate in the transit program should’ve received a Benefit Express Debit Card from Benefit Express in November. Participants that have lost, misplaced or never received their Benefit Express Debit Master Card should contact Benefit Express directly at 877.837.5017 to have their card replaced.
The timeframe for electing, changing or stopping transit elections remain the same. It will still take 6–8 weeks for all transit adjustments to take place. All transit participants will continue to make changes to their elections online at loyolaexpress.com or contact Benefit Express directly. Benefit Express will continue to manage your transit elections however they will not purchase/replace Ventra cards, set-up/create Ventra accounts, load your payroll deductions directly to your Ventra Card or troubleshoot issues with the Ventra Card or their web portal. Employees will need to follow the instructions provided on the Ventra website to set-up their accounts so that your Ventra Card deducts your transit from your Debit Card properly. Transit deductions taken for the current month will be available for use by the 1st of the following month.
Leaving the University
If you decide to leave the university please contact the Benefits Department and Benefit Express as soon as possible so that we can make adjustments to your transit account. Once Benefit Express is notified of your termination your Debit Master Card will be shut off and all purchases not made on your card prior to your termination will have to be submitted via a reimbursement form and sent directly to Benefit Express. Refunds are not guaranteed and are subject to university payroll and Benefit Express deadlines.
Keep track of transit updates by visiting our website http://www.luc.edu/hr/elective benefits/transit benefit/ventra/. For details about the new Ventra Program please visit their website http://www.ventrachicago.com.
Employees are strongly encouraged to keep track of their transit payroll deductions via Employee Self Service and report any payroll deduction errors to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. This includes errors in the deduction amount or if you have access to transit dollars but no payroll deductions.
Please call Benefit Express at 877.837.5017. Customer Service Representatives are available to assist you Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Chicago Transit Authority, Metra/RTA and IRS Rates are subject to change without advance notice.
Enterprise/IGo Car Sharing Program
As a Loyola employee, receive a reduced car-sharing membership with Enterprise/IGo. To learn more go, please visit Enterprise Car Sharing Program.
The prices for the plans are listed at the link below: