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Commute to Get Costlier for Federal Employees

WI Web Staff | 1/3/2014, noon
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A federal monthly transit subsidy for D.C.-area commuters has been sliced nearly in half — from $245 to $130 — thanks to Congress's inability to pass a bill that would extend the benefits.

At least three bills were introduced last year to extend the benefits, all of which failed.

Employees in the private sector employees who use Metro will also begin paying more because Congress also failed to continue a program allowing them to use pre-tax dollars for public transit, the Washingtonian reported.

Meanwhile, motorists will see their monthly parking subsidies rise to $250, an increase Metro officials fear could cause commuters to forego transit in favor of driving.