Starting in 2010, Metro passengers who use SmartBenefits will see changes in how they get their transportation cash. Metro says it's making the changes to comply with IRS mandates to improve control over how transit and parking benefits are allocated.
Monthly benefits will be added automatically when riders tap their card at Metrorail faregates, parking targets and bus fare boxes. The changes also will allow riders to assign funds to a flex account, which can be transferred between parking and transit.
Unused benefits no longer will roll over each month, but will be sent back to passengers' employers.
Rebecca Sheir reports...