Transit/Parking Reimbursement Program

Transit Reimbursement Program

The Transit/Parking Reimbursement Program (T/PRP) is a convenient way to pay for commuting expenses with pre-tax dollars, deducted directly from your paycheck each month. You can enroll in or make changes to the T/PRP at any time during the year.

Using Your T/PRP Benefits

We call this benefit the T/PRP because you can participate in either the Transit or Parking Reimbursement Program, or both. Transit Reimbursement Program funds can be used for commuting expenses on any public transit commuter system. Parking Reimbursement Program funds can be used to pay for parking if you drive to work or to a location where you board mass transit for work.

Choose an amount between $10 and $265* to be deducted from deducted in equal installments from two paychecks each month. This is your “contribution” to the T/PRP. Your total monthly contribution is available for use  the first of each month.. That means, for example, if you choose to contribute $130 per month to an account effective July 1, you can access the full $130 as of July 1 though$65 will be deducted from two July paychecks.

Unused contributions will roll over from month to month. So, if you take a week-long vacation in August and don’t need a MetroCard that week,for example, your surplusAugust balance will roll over to September. Your total balance is available to you as long as your monthly spending does not exceed the$265* IRS monthly maximum.

Important Note on Leaving the University

If you leave the University or become ineligible for benefits, you can only be reimbursed for expenses incurred prior to your termination date or the date you became ineligible for benefits. If you use funds that were not deducted from your paychecks, you will be responsible for repaying those funds to the University.

You can make changes to your T/PRP anytime during the year.

  • Log in to CUBES; confirm access through multi-factor authentication (DUO)

  • Click “Update Your 2019 Transit/Parking Elections”

  • Click the “Change” button for either the Transit Reimbursement Program or the Parking Reimbursement Program. Enter a monthly contribution amount and “Add to Cart.”

  • View your cart and be sure to “Checkout” to save your election.

Important Note on Monthly Maximum

If you drive to work and park in a University-owned lot or a NYP Hospital-owned lot, you already pay for parking with pre-tax payroll contributions. If you decide to also participate in the Parking Reimbursement Program through EBPA, your combined pre-tax monthly contributions cannot exceed the $265* IRS monthly maximum.

* IRS limits are subject to change.

If you have not been enrolled  in the T/PRP in the past three years, you will receive a Benefits Card at your home mailing address from EBPA, the administrator of this benefit. If you have been enrolled in the T/PRP in the past three years, you will not be sent a new card unless you request one.

This Benefits Card is linked to Transit and Parking accounts (if you enroll in both) and can be used to pay for transit and/or parking expenses through any vendor that sells commuter tickets or MTA/New York City Transit MetroCards and accepts MasterCard.

The Benefits Card will be automatically loaded with your election each month.

Personal Identification Numbers (PINs)

A Personal Identification Number (PIN) is not required to use the Benefits Card, but some merchants, such as parking garages, may not allow credit card purchases and may require a PIN for debit card purchases..

If you require a PIN you can get one by logging in to your EBPA account:

  • Click "Card Status" under "My Cards" on the left side of the screen.

  • Click "to view your PIN click here."

  • You will need to log in again and complete authentication information as requested to retrieve your PIN.

If You Do Not Use the Benefits Card

You may also submit claims with a paper form and can arrange to have your reimbursements deposited directly into your bank account. If you would like to set up direct deposit of reimbursements, the EBPA direct deposit form and the claim form are available under “Related Documents” (see sidebar).


To create an EBPA online account, you must have an "Employee ID" (your social security number) and a "Registration ID" (use your Benefit Debit Card number or CBA10602, the ID specific to Columbia).

  1. Go to select.ebpabenefits.com/columbia/
  2. On the Columbia University portal, click “Transit/Parking Reimbursement Program.”
  3. Above the EBPA Benefits Card image, "Click here."
  4. In the upper right-hand corner of the EBPA landing page, click “Register."

Contact EBPA If You Need Assistance

Call: 888-456-4576
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. E.T.
Or email: fsa@ebpabenefits.com

www.ebpabenefits.com

You can check your T/PRP balance by logging in to your EBPA account (see Manage Your T/PRP Account with EBPA, above, if you need to create one) or by contacting EBPA. 

  1. Log in to your account: select.ebpabenefits.com/columbia/
  2. Contact EBPA:
    • Call: 888-456-4576, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. E.T.
    • Email: fsa@ebpabenefits.com

 

Contact EBPA:

  • Call: 888-456-4576, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. E.T.
  • Email: fsa@ebpabenefits.com

Eligible

  • Amtrak
  • Long Island Railroad (LIRR)
  • New Jersey Transit (NJT)
  • Staten Island Rapid Transit (SIRT)
  • Metro North Commuter Railroad
  • Commuter and suburban express bus services
  • Certain ferry and registered van pool services
  • New York City Transit Authority buses and subways

Ineligible

  • Transit expenses of your family members
  • Airfare
  • Amounts that exceed the monthly limit
  • Taxi and limo services
  • Bridge, tunnel and highway tolls, including E-Z Pass

Eligible

  • Commercial parking near your work location
  • Parking at a train station where you board mass transit

Ineligible

  • Parking at or near your residence
  • Parking expenses of your family members
  • Amounts exceeding the maximum allowable monthly limit

Note: If you pay to park at locations where you board mass transit, you can participate in both transit and parking accounts, up to the maximum of each account.

Important Note on Monthly Maximum

If you drive to work and park in a University-owned lot or a NYP Hospital-owned lot, you already pay for parking with pre-tax payroll contributions. If you decide to also participate in the Parking Reimbursement Program through EBPA, your combined pre-tax monthly contributions cannot exceed the $265* IRS monthly maximum.

* IRS limits are subject to change.