Originally Posted by Marqhead
If anything there should be a benefit to pay for the parking/transit before taxes. From the surface it sounds like the Sox being greedy, but my company (and I'd assume most others) doesn't pay for me to get to work each day. What they do offer is to have my parking or transit costs paid for out of my check each week before taxes so that I'd end up saving a few hundred dollars a year.
The only caveat is that employers have to sign up for the program for employees to take advantage of the tax benefit, but I can't imagine there's any major employer in Chicago that doesn't.