Mass Transportation Benefit Program (MTBP)

The Mass Transportation Benefit Program was established in October 2000 and is offered to eligible employees and military service members, to the extent authorized by law and regulation, to reduce pollution and traffic congestion, preserve the environment, and expand transportation alternatives.

Under this program, participating NPS personnel receive Transerve debit cards that are loaded each month with the individual's commuting cost requirement, often $120.  Each Service administer's its own program so systems and procedures will vary.

To be eligible for the program, individuals must utilize public transportation at least 20 working days per month.  


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To be eligible for the Mass Transportation Benefit Program (MTBP) you must be:

  • A civilian, military, or NAF employee paid and employed by DoD
  • Permanently stationed and working in the National Capital Region (NCR)

The following types of employees are eligible to receive the subsidy:

  • Interns/Students employed and paid directly by DoD (i.e., interns/students hired through contractual agreements are not eligible)
  • Eligible paid interns/students hired for the summer months MUST reflect their dates of employment on the web-based application. If a paper application is completed, dates of employment must be listed on the second page and "summer hire" should be written at the top of the application. Unpaid interns are not eligible to receive transportation benefits
  • Members of Reserve Components who are performing active duty for more than 30 consecutive days are eligible to apply through this program. Reservists on Active Duty less than 30 days are eligible to receive transit benefits, but are not able to apply for those benefits through this program. Those individuals are required to apply through their local command. View DoD Instruction 1000.27 Enclosure 4 for the specific policy

The following types of employees are not eligible to receive the subsidy:

  • Contractors
  • Personnel that are TDY to the NCR from another area
  • Personnel that are on detail to the NCR from an area outside the NCR
  • Inactive Reserve personnel
  • Unpaid interns
  • Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) employees (unless appointed to DoD). For more information see IPA Eligibility
  • Foreign Exchange employees
  • Personnel who possess a parking permit
International students interested in the program should contact the International Graduate Programs Office for details.