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Commuter benefits time

So it's that time of year where HR stuff is being presented and open enrollment coming up. I'm looking at the "commuter benefits" section right now and feeling puzzled. In addition to puzzled, I'm feeling the odd combination of irritated and resigned that I often feel when noticing that "going green" here in the US is all talk and no action.

I can buy my NJ Rail monthly pass pre-tax and the maximum allowed pre-tax amount is $115 per month, regardless of the price of the pass (mine happens to be $235). The annual savings gained by this pre-tax deduction at its maxiumum allowed amount is $552. Where the benefit structure goes awry is that the pre-tax savings, if you deduct the maximum amount, for the parking pass is $912. We're putting strong incentive behind the wrong activities.