Dr. Gridlock: Smartbenefits

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 12/06/2010

More questions on transit benefits

Dear Dr. Gridlock: Thanks for the info Sunday on changes in transit benefits. My question is how will the cardholder know the balances in the three sections of her SmartTrip card? Will this info display at the fare machines where you purchase value? At the fare gates? Online? I haven't seen this topic addressed anywhere in the paper yet and haven't received any information at work. Terry Wittig, Germantown

By Robert Thomson  |  03:45 PM ET, 12/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Metro | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, SmartBenefits

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 11/29/2010

Readying for SmartBenefits change

This question came in Monday during my online chat: Q. I just became aware that effective January 1, 2011, the expanded transit benefit (what you can put on your Metro SmartBenefits card from pre-tax income) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is set to return to $120 from $230 per month.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:35 PM ET, 11/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Metro, Metro | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, smartbenefits

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 11/01/2010

Company organizing to extend benefit

The maximum pre-tax amount for employees' Metrobenefits is set to return to $120 from $230, and a company that administers many pre-tax employee benefits is mounting a campaign to get riders to lobby Congress to extend the benefit.

By Luke Rosiak  |  10:23 AM ET, 11/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Commuting, Commuting, Commuting, Commuting, Commuting | Tags:  Smartbenefits

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 09/01/2010

SmartBenefits dispensers broken

Farecard machines used to add value to SmartTrip cards in Metrorail stations didn't allow riders to add their monthly employer SmartBenefits Wednesday morning--the first of the month--and Metro officials are trying to fix the problem before the afternoon rush, a Metro spokesman said.

By Luke Rosiak  |  10:42 AM ET, 09/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Advisories, Advisories | Tags:  smartbenefits, smarttrip