Transit & Parking Benefits

Staff Benefits

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

  • Subsidized public transit benefit through WageWorks – subsidized up to $84.50 per month - for those commuting to the Boston campus 3 to 5 days per week. Please review the WageWorks/Health Equity Transit Benefits page for more information.
  • Subsidized parking (for staff scheduled 26+ hrs per week and grades 17 and above only) –  for those 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 $84.50 per month for public transit or parking when commuting to campus. Parking will be reimbursed up to $18 per day. Please note that there are discounted daily parking programs at the Boston Common ($18/day) and Ritz/VPNE ($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.  
  • 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. Please review the WageWorks/Health Equity Transit Benefits page for more information.
  • Subsidized Monthly Parking at Boston Common Garage - Rates are determined once a count for monthly parkers has been established, based on calculation from the contract.
  • Daily Parking Reimbursement – reimbursed at 70%. Parking will be reimbursed up to $18/day. You must use discounted daily parking program at the Boston Common ($18) or Ritz/VPNE ($16) garages. Please review Instructions for Submitting FT Faculty Parking & Transit Reimbursement Requests.
  • 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.

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 by used towards parking when coming to campus (at least through the end of 2022).

Parking will be reimbursed up to a maximum $18 per day. See information below about discounted parking at the Boston Common ($18 per day) and Ritz/VPNE ($16 per day) garages. Note that the $42.25 is the total that can be reimbursed per month for public transit and parking combined.

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

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 & VPNE Garages

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

There are two methods to take advantage of the $18 per day parking at the Boston Common garage:

  • Access Card Program: This option involves signing up at the garage office (in the garage) where you will be provided with a daily parking card, which allows you access in and out of the garage (your credit card is charged for each day of parking).  (Make sure you identify yourself is with Emerson).
  • Online Reservations: (at www.bostoncommongarage.com) where you can reserve ahead for specific days. 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. Note: the online program offers a very limited number of spots available for reservation; so it is advisable to sign up for the Access card program as well, as a back up for days reservation spots are not available.

The VPNE/Ritz garage uses a garage pass card which you can sign up for at the garage office (in the garage).

Boston Common Garage: 617-954-2098

VPNE/Ritz Garage: 617-574-7252

Discount Parking at Boston Common Garage (Zero Charles Street)

Discount Parking at VPNE/Ritz Garage (10 Avery Street)

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