Public Employee Press
Transit debit card offers
January, subway riders will no longer be able to purchase their MetroCards from
station clerks, whose presence in booths will decline in 2007 as the Transit Authority
continues to automate its services.
Members who dont want the hassle
of using cash to purchase their MetroCards at vending machines should consider
signing up for the citys transit debit card.
Officially known as
the TransitBenefit Transportation Spending Account Commuter Savings Card, the
debit card lets you use pre-tax earnings to pay for public transportation.
You can get a TSA Card by opening a transportation spending account at work
and selecting a deduction plan that meets your needs. If your schedule changes,
you can adjust your weekly or bi-weekly deductions, giving you greater flexibility
than the Premium MetroCard, another pre-tax transportation benefit that is purchased
Sign up on the Web
The TSA Card is used to make cashless purchases of weekly and monthly Metro-Cards
at vending machines. Cardholders have PINs, guaranteeing that no one else can
use your card, which you can easily replace if you lose it.
You can sign
up for the debit card by logging onto the citys Web site (nyc.gov)
and clicking on Transit Benefit Program in the Office of Payroll Administration
section. You can also speak to the TransitBenefit coordinator in your employers
The TSA Card is linked to a transportation spending
account administered by the citys contractor, JPMorgan Chase Bank.
Currently, DC 37 is working with the city and JPMorgan to implement an expansion
of the TransitChek program that is provided for under the new collective bargaining
Members approved the new contract by more than 97 percent
in a mail ballot vote over the summer.
The agreement calls for expanding the
current transit program to cover the Long Island Rail Road, Long Island MTA buses
and MetroNorth transportation carriers.
The parties also agreed to discuss
further expansion of the TransitChek program to include other regional carriers.
New contract benefit
expansion of the transportation benefit dovetails with another provision of the
The contract calls for an agreement by the city and the
union to work together on legislation to ease New York Citys residency restriction
in order to allow employees to live in Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Orange, Rockland
and Put-nam counties.