#

Shared ride commuter benefits

Lyft has partnered with WageWorks®, Zenefits, Benefit Resource, Commuter Benefit Solutions, Gusto, EBPA, Navia, and Ameriflex to help make your commute easier. When you take Shared rides, you can save up to 37% by using pre-tax dollars to pay for your commute.

What are commuter benefits?

Commuter benefits are employer-provided benefit programs that allow employees to use pre-tax dollars toward their monthly commuting expenses for transit, vanpooling, bicycling, and work-related parking costs.

Shared rides must be requested from your business profile in order to be eligible. To learn more about business profiles, click here.

Back to top


What’s the benefit of using commuter benefits on Shared rides?

When you pay for Shared rides using your commuter benefits prepaid card, you can save up to 37% using pre-tax dollars on your door-to-door rides. Your amount of savings will depend on your tax bracket. Check with your benefits provider for your exact savings!

Back to top


Who can use commuter benefits on Shared rides?

Riders are eligible to use pre-tax dollars on Shared rides if their employer provides commuter benefits through eligible providers (see list below) and if the rides are taken within the Shared coverage areas. To check if your city offers Shared rides, refer to your Cities page.

Not all employers offer commuter benefits, so please check with your employer.

Back to top


Which commuter benefits providers are eligible?

We work with AmeriflexBenefit ResourceGustoEBPACommuter Benefit Solutions, Navia, WageWorks, and Zenefits. If your employer has a different provider, contact your employer or provider to determine whether your pre-tax dollars can be used to pay for Shared rides.

Back to top


Which commuter benefits prepaid cards can be used to pay for Shared rides?

Beniversal Prepaid MasterCard®
Benny® Prepaid Benefits Card
Commuter Check Prepaid MasterCard®
Discovery Benefits Visa® Prepaid Debit Card
EBPA Benefits Debit MasterCard®
eTRAC Prepaid MasterCard®
FlexFacts Commuter Benefits Card
Flex Benefits Visa® Card
Gusto Benefits Debit MasterCard®
Igoe Administrative Services Benefits Card
MyAmeriflex Benefits MasterCard®
Navia Debit MasterCard®
PayFlex Card® Debit MasterCard®
Pension Dynamics Company Benefits Card
TransitChek Visa® Prepaid Card
TransitChek Visa® QuickPay Prepaid Card
WageWorks Commuter Prepaid MasterCard®
WageWorks Visa® Prepaid Commuter Card
WEX Health Payment Card
Zenefits Debit MasterCard®

If your card isn't listed above, your benefits provider isn't currently partnered with Lyft.

Back to top


How do I add my commuter benefits prepaid card?

  1. Open the Lyft app
  2. Tap your picture in the top-left corner
  3. Tap the ‘Payment’ tab 
  4. Tap ‘Add credit card’
  5. Enter your commuter benefits prepaid card info. That's it!

Back to top


How do I request a ride with commuter benefits?

  1. Open the Lyft app
  2. Tap on the Shared mode
  3. Set your destination and pickup location
  4. Make sure your commuter benefits prepaid card is selected as the method of payment. You won’t be able to change this after the ride is requested.
  5. Request a Shared ride

Back to top


What type of car will I get if I use my commuter benefits?

When you request a Shared ride using your commuter benefits prepaid card, you will ride in a car with at least six passenger seats.

Back to top


Can I elect to have my commuter benefits provider pay Lyft directly, instead of adding a prepaid card?

Not at the time. Some providers don’t offer that capability, but we hope to support that feature with providers in the future.

Back to top


Are there particular times of day when I have to use my commuter benefits prepaid card?

No. Your commuter benefits prepaid card is meant to be used for rides to and from work, but since people may need to get to work at different times, there are no hour restrictions.

Back to top


Can I bring other passengers with me?

Yes, you can bring one other person if you request a Shared ride for two people. Please note that just like any other Shared ride, an additional fee applies for an additional rider.

Back to top


Will my ETA be the same when I use a commuter card vs. a personal card?

Since there are fewer cars with six seats or more on the road, your ETA may be longer than usual when you request a Shared ride using your commuter benefits prepaid card. We recommend requesting your Shared ride with commuter benefits a few minutes early.

Back to top


I don’t currently have a commuter benefits prepaid card. How do I get one?

Please contact the HR representative at your company or refer to your benefit provider’s website for instructions on how to order your card.

Here are a few online options:

Ameriflex

Your employer needs to opt into Lyft in order to offer Shared rides for your company. If it isn’t offered yet, please reach out to your HR representative. Once your employer approves all enrollment data for your employees, enrolled participants will receive the Ameriflex card in the mail in 2-3 weeks. For more info, visit the Ameriflex Commuter Reimbursement Account site.

Benefit Resource

  1. Log in the Benefit Resource portal
  2. Register if you haven’t done so yet
  3. Select "Open Enrollment"
  4. Select “Start Enrollment” next to “Commuter Benefits”
  5. Validate your demographic data, then Enter the pre-tax amount you’d like to put on the card

Your card will be mailed to you. For more info, visit the Benefit Resource site.

Commuter Benefit Solutions

Log in your commuter benefits profile in the Commuter Benefit Solutions site, then place an order for the Commuter Check Prepaid Mastercard. For more info, please speak with your HR representative.

Navia

  1. Log into the Navia portal
  2. Register if you haven’t already done so yet
  3. Select “My Tools”
  4. Select “GoNavia Commuter Orders”
  5. Select “Transit”
  6. Enter the pre-tax amount you’d like to put on the card
  7. Select the months you want the order to recur
  8. Confirm your order
  9. Select "Place my order." That's it!

Once your order has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. A debit card will be mailed to you. For more info, visit the Navia Benefits website.

WageWorks

  1. Log in the Wageworks portal
  2. Select “Employee registration” if you haven’t already registered yet
  3. Select “Enroll in Commuter”
  4. Select “Commuter Transit”
  5. Select “Shared” from the list of providers in your area
  6. Select “WageWorks Commuter Card”
  7. Enter the pre-tax amount you’d like to put on the card and frequency
  8. Confirm your address
  9. Select “Submit.” That's it!

Your card will be mailed to your home address in 10-14 days. For more info, visit the Wageworks Commuter Benefits site.

Zenefits

Log in your Zenefits dashboard. If you see a commuter benefits app on the dashboard, click on the app & use the self service sign-up flow to create an account.

Your card will be mailed to you within 10 business days. For more info, visit the website or contact support@zenefits.com. If you don't see a card in the dashboard, contact your HR representative about setting up commuter benefits for your company with Zenefits.

Back to top


How do I add money to my commuter benefits card? 

For detailed information on changing your election, please contact the HR representative at your company or refer to your benefit provider’s website. Once the card is funded, you can start using it on the Lyft app.

Back to top


Can I apply promos when using my commuter benefits prepaid card?

Yes. If you have a promo from Lyft and meet the criteria for it, you can apply the promo when using your commuter benefits prepaid card.

Back to top


How much can I spend on my commuter benefits prepaid card?

You can use up to $260 pre-tax dollars on Shared rides each month. In order to change the maximum amount or check the balance remaining on it, please visit your benefits provider’s website.

Back to top


I received an offer from Lyft for a flat fare pass or ride pass. Can I purchase that using my commuter benefits prepaid card?

No. At this time, you can only use your commuter benefits prepaid card for Shared rides and can’t purchase a flat fare pass or ride pass using this payment method. If you want to purchase a pass, you can switch your default payment method and then buy the pass. You can change your default payment method at any time from the ‘Payment’ tab in the Lyft app.

Back to top


MasterCard is a registered trademark of MasterCard International Incorporated.
The Commuter Check Prepaid MasterCard® is issued by The Bancorp Bank; Member FDIC, pursuant to license by MasterCard International Incorporated. The Commuter Check Prepaid MasterCard may only be used for qualified commuter benefit purchases in accordance with IRS Tax Code 132(f). No cash or ATM access. This card may not be used everywhere Debit MasterCard is accepted.
The EBPA Benefits Debit MasterCard® is issued by The Bancorp Bank pursuant to license from MasterCard International Incorporated, and may be used wherever debit MasterCard is accepted. The Bancorp Bank; Member FDIC. The Bancorp Bank is not a party to the Benefit Plan or to other plan documents. They are not a fiduciary with respect to the Beneft Plan and are not responsible for the plan documents or the administration of your Benefit Plan. MasterCard is a registered trademark of MasterCard International Incorporated.
The Flex Benefits Visa® Card is issued by The Bancorp Bank, member FDIC pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. Card can be used for qualified expenses everywhere Visa debit card is accepted. The Flex Benefits Visa® Card is issued by The Bancorp Bank pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. Card can be used for qualified expenses everywhere Visa debit card is accepted. The Bancorp Bank; Member FDIC.
The MyAmeriflex Benefits MasterCard® is issued by The Bancorp Bank, member FDIC, pursuant to license by Mastercard International Incorporated. Card cannot be used everywhere Debit Mastercard cards are accepted.
The TransitChek QuickPay Prepaid Visa® Card is issued by The Bancorp Bank, member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc.
The TransitChek Visa® Prepaid Card is issued by The Bancorp Bank, member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc.
The WageWorks Commuter Prepaid MasterCard® is issued by The Bancorp Bank, member FDIC, pursuant to license by MasterCard International Incorporated.
The WageWorks Visa® Prepaid Commuter Card is issued by The Bancorp Bank, member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc.
The Zenefits Debit MasterCard® is issued by The Bancorp Bank, Member FDIC, pursuant to license by MasterCard International Incorporated.
The Gusto Benefits Debit Mastercard is issued by The Bancorp Bank, Member FDIC, pursuant to license by MasterCard International Incorporated. Mastercard is a registered trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated.

Need something else?

Contact Support
115013080828 en-us