Even worse, statistics show it’s particularly unfair to DC residents. Compared to Maryland and Virginia residents commuting into DC, DC residents are 1.6 times more likely to commute by transit, carpool, walking, or biking.
Where We Are Now
To help fix our unbalanced commuter incentives, a new bill introduced to DC Council will require employers to let their employees opt for cash or transit benefits in lieu of an employer-provided parking space.
The Transportation Benefits Equity Amendment Act of 2017, B22-175, was referred to the Committee on Transportation and the Environment. This bill was co-introduced by DC Councilmembers Charles Allen, Mary Cheh, and Brianne Nadeau, and co-sponsored by Chairman Phil Mendelson, and Councilmembers Anita Bonds, Robert White, and David Grosso on March 7, 2017. No hearing is scheduled but we expect a hearing in summer 2017.
About the bill
Want to know more? Check out fact sheets and FAQs on the bill.
- For DC Residents: Flexible Commuter Benefits bill fact sheet
- For Employers: A better commuter benefit for your employees
- RELEASE: Groups laud flexible commute benefits bill to give employees more sustainable commute options
- FAQ for the “Transportation Benefits Equity Amendment Act of 2017”
- Bill: B22-175, the “Transportation Benefits Equity Amendment Act of 2017”
More on commuter benefits
Here are some additional resources to learn more about the campaign for flexible commuter benefits:
- Current pre-tax DC Commuter Benefits law (in effect as of January 2016)
- Subsidizing Congestion – Steven Higashide – Transit Center
- Employer-Based Commuter Benefits Programs – Michael Grant – ICF
- Increasing Access to Commuter Benefits – Marina Budimir – DDOT
- Changing the Commuter Equation – Cheryl Cort – CSG
Does your employer offer commuter benefits? Pre-tax transit benefits? Do you use them? Let us know by taking this short survey.
Photo credit: Bikeshare/Kevin Kovaleski for DDOT on Flickr. Women on bike/Kevin Kovaleski for DDOT on Flickr. John A Wilson Building/Eric Gililand on Flickr.