Commuter Benefits

McClatchy is committed to preserving the environment and reducing its carbon footprint and encourages employees to contribute to these efforts by taking public transportation.

This program provides you with an online ordering system for transportation and parking passes. With this program, you pay for your eligible parking and transit costs with pre-tax dollars up to the monthly IRS limit.

McClatchy has partnered with Payflex to offer commuter benefits to benefit-eligible employees.

How can you reduce your taxable income with pre-tax parking/transportation solutions?

Employees may reduce taxable income by up to $260/month for work-related parking and/or up to $260/month for public transportation used in their work commute!

Commuter Benefits FAQ

For 2020, the limit for pre-tax parking expenses is $265 per month. The 2020 limit for transportation expenses is also $265 per month.

For 2021, the limit for pre-tax parking expenses is $270 per month. The 2021 limit for transportation expenses is also $270 per month.

Eligible transit expenses include public transportation (such as a bus or train), vanpools, carpools and commuter highway vehicles. Parking includes parking at or near where you work. It may also include where you park to use public transit or a vanpool or carpool. It doesn’t include parking where you live.

Log in to your PayFlex account ( From there, select Commuter Benefits on the left side of the screen to get started.

There are several options for you online. You may choose:

  • Monthly Direct Pay – PayFlex will pay your parking provider directly.
  • Commuter Checks – PayFlex will mail you pre-populated checks for you to give to your provider.
  • MasterCard – PayFlex will send you a MasterCard that can only be used for parking expenses. Each month your payroll deductions will automatically be reloaded onto the card.
  • Cash Reimbursement – You can submit receipts to PayFlex and they will reimburse you for your qualified expenses.

You can purchase your transit pass or monthly parking by the 9th of the month prior to when you will incur the expenses. For example, you must place your order for your February expenses on or before January 9.

You’ll receive your transit pass at home in the mail before the 1st of the month. If you added funds to a Transit Card, those funds will be added before the 1st of the month.

Parking garages and lots are paid by before the 1st of the month when the expense is incurred.

If your parking provider can’t take payments directly from PayFlex, you can still participate. You can enroll in the Cash Reimbursement program. When you pay for your eligible parking expense, make sure to get a receipt. You can submit your claim online for reimbursement.

No. You don’t need to submit any receipts when you order your transit passes online.

No. You can set up your purchase as a recurring transaction. If you do, the system will automatically order your passes based on the schedule you set. You don’t need to go back online each month. You can make a change or cancel this at any time.

PayFlex currently offers more than 10,000 different types of tickets and passes. If you can’t find your provider, select the “click here” link on the transit order screen. You can give us your transit pass information and we’ll look into it. We’ll let you know within 10 business days on the status of your request.

You must cancel your pass order before each month’s order deadline, which is the 9th of the prior month. For example, if you have a recurring order set up for transit passes and you want to cancel your July pass, you would need to cancel your order online by June 9.

Commuter Checks are treated like a cashier’s check or money order. If lost there is no reimbursement or replacement. Please treat them like cash.

If you have funds left in your account at the end of December, you will have 60 days to submit receipts for reimbursement of the previous year's parking or transportation expenses. If there is still money left in your account at the end of the 60-day window, it will roll over into your new year's account as soon as practicable. You will then be able to use the rolled over funds to order passes online for the new year.


  • Commuter Claims
    • Use this form to submit transportation and parking claims.


  • Payflex Information Line: 888-678-8242
    • Account balance
    • Eligible expenses questions
    • Claim status and inquiries
  • Payflex Member Website
    • Order transit and parking passes, vouchers and a Commuter Check® card 
    • Add funds to a fare card 
    • Set up monthly direct pay for parking provider
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