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Transit Subsidy Program

The Transit Subsidy Program provides a financial subsidy designed to encourage employees to use mass transit to commute to and from work.

The subsidy is a monthly, tax-free benefit for USDA employees. The transit subsidy is only to be used for the regular commute between an employee’s primary residence and work location by using a qualified means of public, mass transportation including subway, commuter or light rail, bus, ferry, or vanpool.

The amount of the subsidy equals the lesser of the actual amount paid for public transportation or the maximum allowable subsidy. The current maximum monthly amount is $280.

The Department of Transportation’s TRANServe program supports USDA and USDA employees by providing simplified access to transit authority information, electronic applications, how-to instructions, and other resources that encourage your use of mass transportation as your primary means of commuting between home and work. More information about transit subsidies is available at: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) | US Department of Transportation

Laws, Regulations and Policies: The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issues policy and uniform standards for the Federal Transit Benefit Program. DOT coordinates the Federal Transit Benefit Program activities of Executive Departments and Agencies Government-wide. Transit Benefit Policies | US Department of Transportation

To apply for transit benefits, you will first need to take the Applicant System Training. Both the training and the application are available at: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) | US Department of Transportation