SSA logo: link to Social Security Online home1013. Public Transportation Systems

1013.1 Are public transportation system employees covered under Section 218 agreements?

Work you do for a public transportation system that is operated by a State or political subdivision of a State may be covered under a Section 218 agreement (see §1000.2).

1013.2 Are public transportation system employees covered under Social Security?

Generally, public transportation work is compulsorily covered under Social Security where the following conditions exist:

  1. The transportation system was acquired from private ownership after 1950; and

  2. No general retirement system became applicable to the employees at the time it was acquired.

Last Revised: Oct. 12, 2005