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MTA Transit Subsidy

All Towson University faculty and staff are eligible to receive up to a $25 discount on monthly passes for the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) bus, light rail and subway, as well as the MARC Train. Faculty and Staff are also eligible to purchase transit passes with a pre-tax payroll deduction. The Alternative Transportation application must be submitted to Parking & Transportation Services. Also,an application must be submitted each academic year to continue in the program.

IIn addition, these individuals will be eligible to register for the Guaranteed Ride Home, which provides free transportation when you are stuck at work during an emergency, and the Alternative Transportation Parking Pass, which provides up to four free parking passes each semester to individuals enrolled in the Alternative Transportation Program.


How It Works

To participate in the MTA Transit Subsidy, submit the Alternative Transportation application to Parking & Transportation Services. After approval, the discounted MTA transit pass can be purchased directly at the Auxiliary Services Business Office (ASBO).

To receive the transit subsidy for the MARC train monthly passes, individuals must purchase the MARC pass and then submit a receipt for the purchase, along with a completed reimbursement form, to Parking and Transportation Services. Requests for each month within a fiscal year should be submitted no later than June 1 of that year. The MARC train reimbursement is up to $25 per month.

Faculty/Staff wanting to take advantage of the payroll deduciton pre-tax benefit must submit the Alternative Transportation Application to Parking & Transportation Services and submit a Payroll Deduction card to ASBO.  Bus passes will be sold during the September through August calendar year, and each monthly pass will be paid for one month in advance through payroll deduction.

NOTE: Participation in the program is required through the end of the fiscal year. If it becomes necessary to stop the payroll deduction, a request must be submitted to ASBO one month in advance. No refund will be issued for deductions that have been processed or for passes that are not picked up from the Business Office.



To receive reimbursement for MARC Train/Rabbittransit monthly passes, complete the Travel Expense Voucher form.  Within 10 business days, submit the completed voucher form and the original receipt to Parking & Transportation Services.  Upon approval, the voucher will be forwarded to the Working Fund. Participants will be notified via email within two weeks when the reimbursement is ready for pick up.


Pre-tax Savings – Example

Cost of Pass


Less $25 TU Contribution


Cost Before Tax Benefit


Avg. 15% Federal + 6.5% State + 7.65% FICA Tax


Est. Employee Cost w/ Contribution & Tax Savings





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410-704-PARK (7275) Parking, Events, Shuttle and Charter Bus Information
410-704-RIDE (7433) Para-Transit Services and Requests
Fax: 410-704-3370
E-mail: upark@towson.edu





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