Commuter Checks

Pre-Tax Public Transportation Plan for SJSU employees - Commuter Check - SUSPENDED UNITIL FURTHER NOTICE!

The Associated Students Transportation Solutions (ASTS) is in the process of resolving administartive issues with the SJSU Contracts & Purchasing Services, the California State Controller's Office and Edenred (commuter check company). ASTS has suspended the Commuter Check program for all participants until further notice.

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The Commuter Check program allows eligible SJSU employees to defer up to $130 per month / $1,560 per year tax-free (Pre-Tax Transit Benefit) for the purchase of transit tickets and passes.

Deductions are taken from your pay before federal, state, Social Security, and Medicare taxes are calculated. Your taxable income is reduced, thereby reducing the taxable income reflected on your annual W-2 statement.

Participating in the Commuter Check program will have no impact on your CalPERS retirement or on any other CSU-paid benefit. However, depending on your salary, your Social Security benefits at retirement may be reduced slightly, because you will have paid Social Security taxes on a lower wage. (For more information, you may wish to consult your tax advisor or financial planner.)


Is it for you?

You should consider signing up for Commuter Check if you are a regular rider on:
  • AC Transit
  • Altamont Commuter Express
  • Amtrak Capitol Corridor
  • BART
  • Caltrain
  • Highway 17 Express
  • Monterey-Salinas Transit
  • SJSU Vanpool
  • other Bay Area bus and ferry systems
Do not sign up for Commuter Check Direct if you ride exclusively on VTA using the AS-SJSU Eco Pass.


You are eligible to participate in the Commuter Check program if you are:
  • Faculty or staff covered by a collective bargaining agreement that provides the benefit
  • Executive, Management Personnel Plan (MPP), Confidential or other non-represented position
You must be in a position that can participate in the Plan through payroll deduction.

The following employees are NOT eligible:
  • Student assistants
  • Full time and part time employees of any SJSU auxiliary organization, which includes Associated Students, Student Union, Spartan Shops, and SJSU Foundation. Auxiliary organizations have a separate payroll system from the rest of the University.
If you have questions about eligibility, contact Michaux Burchard at SJSU Human Resources Department. Telephone: (408) 924-2155, Email: Michaux.Burchard At the rate symbol image

How to enroll?

Enrollment is a 2-step process:

1. Complete and submit this application to the Transportation Solutions Center located in the Student Union building. The deadline is on the 1st of the month.

2. After you receive an email confirmation from Transportation Solutions, enroll with Commuter Check Direct on-line and place orders for vouchers. Instructions on enrollment will be provided with the email confirmation. The deadline to enroll with the Commuter Check and place orders is the 5th of the month.

Commuter Check orders and payroll deductions are processed on a monthly basis. The amount you ordered in Commuter Check vouchers will be automatically deducted from your pay each month.

Remember, you must visit Commuter Check Direct web site to change or cancel your voucher orders. The deadline to make adjustment is on the 5th of the month.

How does it work?

Your Commuter Check vouchers will be conveniently mailed to your home address on the 20th of each month. You will then be able to buy your transit tickets or passes with your Commuter Check vouchers at any location that accepts Commuter Check.

No refunds will be given on any unused portion of your deduction or any unused Commuter Check vouchers.

When purchasing transit tickets or passes, up to 10 Commuter Check vouchers may be redeemed at one time. If a ticket or a pass costs more than the value of your vouchers, you must pay the difference. If you buy a ticket or a pass that costs less than the value of your vouchers, the difference cannot be returned as change or merchandise.

Each Commuter Check voucher is valid for 13 months. Expired Commuter Checks will not be accepted or replaced.

Clipper Card

If you have a registered Clipper card, you can begin loading cash or passes onto it using your Commuter Check benefits. You can add value to your Clipper card online using your Commuter Check Direct account. Look for the Clipper option when you log in to your account. Your value will be available by the first of the benefit month. You must tag your card to a card reader in order to load the value. For more information visit Commuter Check/Clipper Card .
This pre-tax benefit is available only through payroll deduction for public transportation as defined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and available in the bay area.

Pre-tax public transportation plans are governed by rules set by the IRS that supersede this page in the event of any discrepancy.