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Transit Riders Incentive Plan

You and your employer can save on commuting costs through the Transit Riders’ Incentive Plan or “TRIP.” More than 100 employers offer this valuable tax-free, tax deductible transit benefit to their employees. TRIP member employers save as much as $100 per employee on yearly payroll taxes. Employees are enjoy pre-tax savings, discounted 31-Day passes and lower costs to maintain their automobile through TRIP. Learn more about the types of passes we offer.

How TRIP Works

Through TRIP, employers pay at least $4 toward the cost of a KCATA 31-Day Pass; many pay more. KCATA matches the $4, so that the minimum employee discount is $8. And that’s just the beginning.

Employer Benefits

When you, as an employer, enroll in the TRIP program, you:

  • Save up to $100 per employee per year in payroll taxes. (Federal legislation allows employers to receive a tax deduction if you sponsor a transit benefit program such as TRIP.)
  • Improve employee recruitment and retention by offering employees discounts on already low-cost bus passes.
  • Enhance the benefits package you already offer, without increasing overall costs.
  • Help reduce employees’ commuting costs such as gasoline, maintenance and parking fees.
  • Show your support for creating sustainable communities.

To enroll in TRIP, contact us at metro@kcata.org or call (816) 346-0274. Our TRIP coordinator will answer your questions, and provide you with everything you need to get started. TRIP is a low-risk employee benefit that is simple to administer.

Employee Benefits

Employees will enjoy the savings and benefits immediately:

  • Your 31-day pass will automatically cost you at least $8 less.
  • When you pay for your pass through payroll deduction, that amount is exempt from payroll taxes. The maximum tax-free discount is $230 per month.
  • Enjoy the convenience of buying your pass at work.

You are also eligible for the Guaranteed Ride Home program in case of daytime emergencies. If your employer is currently a TRIP member, signing up is easy. Just contact your Human Resources Dept. or the department designated to handle employee benefits. If your employer is not a TRIP member, have an HR representative or company decision-maker e-mail us at metro@kcata.org or call (816) 346-0274 to request information and further explanation of TRIP. 

Passport

The Passport is Johnson County's 31 day bus pass that gives riders the convenience of a one time fee and allows them to save over 28% off of the Johnson County Suburban Express fare. Passport members are sold passes at a discounted rate. Passport passes are good on Johnson County Suburban Express and RideKC local buses!  

The Passport is only available for purchase by businesses, have your Human Resources department contact at 816-3460-0274 or email a request to setup a Passport account. A minimum purchase of five passes per month is required.

RideKC provides schedules and other information to help you promote the savings and benefits of commuting by bus. We can even visit your company to discuss the program during employee benefit meetings and/or company events. 

Passport participants are also eligible for the Guaranteed Ride Home Program sponsored by the Mid-America Regional Council. You must register for this program with the link above or call 816-842-RIDE.