Transit & Parking Benefits

Staff Benefits

Staff scheduled to work at least 20 hours per week and who are commuting to campus have a choice of one of the following parking & transit benefits if they will be commuting to campus for work.

  • Subsidized public transit benefit through WageWorks – subsidized up to $90 per month. Please review the WageWorks/Health Equity Transit Benefits page for more information.
  • Subsidized parking (for non-union staff scheduled 26+ hours per week and salary grades 8 and above; and for ACOPs union police staff) - commuting to the Boston campus 4 to 5 days per week. The parking, at the Boston Common Garage - costs eligible staff $160 per month.  Submit a ticket to HR at least 7 days before the first day of the month you wish to start the monthly parking if interested.
  • Special Reimbursement option – reimbursement of up to $90 per month for public transit or parking when commuting to campus. Please note that there are discounted daily parking programs at the Boston Common ($26/day), Ritz ($17/day) and Motor Mart ($16/day) garages (see info at the bottom of this page). Please note that ridesharing is not eligible for reimbursement under this benefit. Please review the Instructions for Submitting Staff Parking & Transit Reimbursement Requests. (Note especially the deadline for submissions).
    • Important Submission Notes:
      • Submissions must be made on a monthly basis
      • Each submission should include one month (of parking/transit) only, do not combine multiple months in one submission
      • Submissions must be made prior to the end of the month following when parking/transit expenses were incurred (ex: submissions for April parking/transit must by made by May 31) *Reimbursement will not be accepted for submissions made after the stated deadline.
  • Full Subsidy of annual Blue Bikes subscription - Submit a ticket to HR if interested.  Note that to receive this benefit you must place your Blue Bikes order through Human Resources - we don't reimburse your own Blue Bikes orders. Also, this benefit is for those employees who commute to campus via bike.

FT Faculty Benefits

Full-time Faculty teaching on campus have a choice of one of the following parking & transit benefits. 

  • Subsidized public transit benefit through WageWorks – subsidized up to $42.25 per month (changing to a $90 subsidy effective with May 2024 orders). Please review the WageWorks/Health Equity Transit Benefits page for more information.
  • Subsidized Monthly Parking at Boston Common Garage - Emerson subsidizes 70% of the monthly cost. Submit a ticket to HR at least 7 days before the first day of the month you wish to start the monthly parking if interested.
  • Daily Parking Reimbursement – reimbursed at 70%, for parking when commuting to campus. We encourage you to use the discounted daily parking programs at the Boston Common ($26/day), Ritz ($17/day) and Motor Mart ($16/day) garage (see info at the bottom of this page). Please review Instructions for Submitting FT Faculty Parking Reimbursement Requests.  (Note especially the deadline for submissions)
    • Important Submission Notes:
      • Submissions must be made on a monthly basis
      • Each submission should include one month of parking only, do not combine multiple months in one submission
      • Submissions must be made prior to the end of the month following when parking expenses were incurred (ex: submissions for April parking/transit must by made by May 31) *Reimbursement will not be accepted for submissions made after the stated deadline.
  • Full subsidy of annual Blue Bikes subscription - (Submit a ticket to HR if interested).  Note that to receive this benefit you must place your Blue Bikes order through Human Resources - we don't reimburse your own Blue Bikes orders. Also, this benefit is for those faculty who commute to campus via bike. Review the Blue Bikes webpage for more information.

Affiliated Faculty Benefits (for members of AFEC)

Affiliated faculty who are teaching on campus are eligible for a reimbursement of up to $42.25 per month towards public transit expenses.

In addition, reimbursement may also be used towards parking when coming to campus.

See information below about discounted parking at the Boston Common ($26/day), Ritz ($17/day) and Motor Mart ($16/day) garages.  Note that the $42.25 is the total that can be reimbursed per month for public transit and parking combined. Please note that ridesharing is not eligible for reimbursement under this benefit.

Reimbursements are for the academic year only (September through May).  Please review the Instructions for Submitting Affiliated Faculty Transit/Parking Reimbursement Requests. (Note especially the deadline for submissions)

  • Important Submission Notes:
    • Submissions must be made on a monthly basis
    • Each submission should include one month (of parking/transit) only, do not combine multiple months in one submission
    • Submissions must be made prior to the end of the month following when parking/transit expenses were incurred (ex: submissions for April parking/transit must by made by May 31) *Reimbursement will not be accepted for submissions made after the stated deadline.

Affiliated faculty can also receive a full subsidy of an annual Blue Bikes subscription (Submit a ticket to HR if interested), in lieu of a transit/parking reimbursement for the academic year. Note that to receive this benefit you must place your Blue Bikes order through Human Resources - we don't reimburse your own Blue Bikes orders. Also, this benefit is for those faculty who commute to campus via bike.

Discount Parking at Boston Common, Ritz (VPNE) and Motor Mart Garages

See below for links to flyers about the discounted parking programs at the Boston Common, Ritz (VPNE) and Motor Mart garages. If you have questions about these programs, please call the garages directly.

Motor Mart Garage

Motor Mart offers a discounted daily parking program to Emerson College staff and faculty at a daily rate of $16 (if entering the garage before 2 pm), or $9 (if entering the garage after 2 pm) for up to 12 hours of parking. Read the attached flyer for more information. Garage Phone number: 617-482-8380.

Discount Parking at Motor Mart Garage (201 Stuart St.)

Boston Common Garage

The Boston Common garage currently offers a online method to "reserve" spaces for specific parking days, at a cost of $26. Online reservations can be made at www.bostoncommongarage.com.

You'll see the "College Student & Faculty Discount" on the home page (that includes staff as well). Before your first order, you'll need to register on the site. 

There is also a pass card program still in place for those who already hold passes; but is not available to new participants. Note that neither program guarantees a space will be available (there is a process to get reimbursement from the garage if you arrive to a full garage).

See the link below for information on the online programs.

Garage Phone Number: 617-954-2098

Discount Parking at Boston Common Garage (Zero Charles Street)

Ritz (VPNE) Garage

The Ritz garage offers a garage pass card which you can sign up for at the garage office (in the garage), as well as an online reservation program. Note that almost all parking here is valet parking, which means there can be a wait when picking up your car. See the flyer below for more information.

Garage Phone Number: 617-574-7252

Discount Parking at Ritz Garage (10 Avery Street)

City Place Garage (40 Charles Street South / Transportation Building)
While there is no discounted parking with this garage, if entering between 5 am and 5 pm their rates are $23 for 12 hours ($33 if over 12 hours).
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