Human Resources

Transportation Benefits

Pre-Tax Transportation Benefit

Emerson College contracts with Crosby Benefit Systems to allow eligible employees (not spouses/domestic partners or children) to pay for train passes, MBTA passes and parking expenses online through payroll deduction, using pre-tax dollars (up to IRS amount limits). Eligible employees include exempt or non-exempt employees/faculty members regularly scheduled to work at least 20 hours per week. Work/study students, temporary employees and part-time faculty are not eligible. 

The College will deduct the cost (pre-tax as well as any after-tax, if applicable) of transit and/or parking from your last paycheck each month. Since these deductions are taken on a pre-tax basis, you are saving taxes, because you are not paying income or Social Security taxes on the wages used to purchase transit or parking. The net effect is that you are buying passes and paying for parking at a discounted price.


Crosby offers two options: public transportation passes online for MBTA (i.e. Charlie Card, commuter rail), buses, trains, ferries, etc., and "commuter checks," used to pay for commuter expenses where passes are not available. Crosby will mail transit passes to your home address.


Crosby offers three options for parking:

  1. Direct Pay: Crosby makes a monthly payment directly to the parking provider.
  2. Parkcheck: If Crosby cannot validate the parking provider information or if you have to pay parking expenses on a weekly or daily basis, Crosby will send a payment to you in the form of a “Parkcheck.” You are responsible for providing the Parkcheck to the parking provider.
  3. Parking Reimbursement: You pay out-of-pocket for parking expenses (meters, MBTA parking garages, etc.) and then submit a reimbursement claim form to Crosby. Crosby will send a check directly to you or deposit the reimbursement directly to your bank account.

The College does not reimburse employees for fare card losses.

To order passes or set up parking reimbursment, set up a user account on the Crosby website and click on "Commuter Benefits" to place your order. You must order passes by the first day of each month for the following month (i.e.: August passes must be ordered by July 1).


Emerson College, in conjunction with TransAction Ridematching, offers eligible employees assistance in finding a carpool/vanpool partner. You can register online to find carpool/vanpool partners who live in your area and are traveling to your destination.