UIC Transit Benefit Program
- Voucher Distribution
- Lost Vouchers
- Exclusive Use
We are pleased to introduce the Pre-Tax Qualified Transportation Program.
A revision in the Internal Revenue Service Code allows benefits eligible employees
to realize income tax savings by paying for commuting expenses with pre-tax dollars.
In other words, your taxable income will be reduced by the amount you select to
deduct monthly for "qualified transportation expenses". The IRS has set the maximum
amount of expenses allowed under the program at $245.00 per month.
The UIC Pre-Tax Qualified Transportation Program will offer RTA Transit
Vouchers, which may be used for transportation expenditures on RTA, Pace, South Shore
Railroad and Metra. The program will also load money on transit cards for the CTA.
The services formerly found on this website including, enrollment, termination,
and revision can now be found on Nessie, under the “Personal Information,” tab or by
clicking on this link: http://nessie.uihr.uillinois.edu/cf/info/index.cfm.
You must have your Nessie logon, password, and pin to access the site.
While the CTA has specific amounts for loading transit cards, RTA users may now select any dollar amount,
up to the $245.00 maximum, for vouchers.
It is the employee’s responsibility to manage his/her participation in the program. For example:
- If your pay status changes (i.e., monthly to bi-weekly), you must make the change on-line.
- If you are suspended from the CTA program for any reason, you must re-enroll on-line.
- If your transportation needs change (i.e., need CTA transit card instead of a RTA voucher or need to increase/decrease RTA voucher amount), you must make the change on-line.
- If you change from the Transit Benefit Program to the U-Pass Program (for eligible students only), you must terminate on-line.
- If your employment status changes at any time (i.e., leave of absence, medical leave, suspension, etc.), you must terminate/re-enroll on-line.
Please note: Any address changes made on this site will only be used for the delivery of CTA cards.
This information is not transmitted to Nessie. To officially change your mailing address with the University, you must visit Nessie and click on the “Personal Information” tab.
Pursuant to IRS regulations, no portion of payments made on a pre-tax basis may be refunded to the participant.
The payroll deductions taken for this program must be used to purchase a qualified transit pass or voucher.
There are absolutely no refunds, transfers, or exchanges. No exceptions.
The RTA Transit Vouchers will be distributed in the Campus Parking Services
Customer Service Centers Monday through Friday on the east
side of campus in 2620 SSB (from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.) or in Student Center
East Service Center First Floor (from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and the west
side of campus at B5A SCW (from 8 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.) on or after the
designated date each month, except during the Thanksgiving and Christmas
holidays when your building may be closed. You will be required to present
a valid university i-card and
sign an acknowledgement of receipt of the voucher. After signing,
acknowledging the amount, and receiving this voucher, you become
solely responsible for the voucher. You are to treat this voucher, as you
would cash. This voucher distribution process is designed to protect you
against loss as the RTA Transit Voucher is made payable to RTA and may
be used like cash to purchase RTA services.
Transit Vouchers are valid for exchange where fares or passes are sold
(e.g. Jewel, Dominick's, or UIC Credit Unions Call First).
Transit Vouchers are to be treated the same as cash. If you lose your RTA Transit Voucher,
you will not receive a cash refund. You will be required by RTA regulations to wait 13
months for a voucher replacement. Your voucher will not be replaced if it is cashed.
Claim forms will be available through the Transit Benefit Coordinator. Upon signing and receiving
your voucher, you, (or whoever picks up for you) assume full responsibility for the voucher.
RTA Transit Vouchers are to be used for regular daily direct commute from home to work
and return. You may not give, barter, exchange, convey, or otherwise transfer transit vouchers
For more information, please call Campus Parking Services at (312) 413-5800.