I was pleased to see Congressman McGovern on Tuesday standing up strongly for fairness in commuter tax benefits. Since January, commuters who take public transportation have seen their federal tax benefit drop from $230 to $125 per month, while drivers have continued to enjoy a $240 tax benefit for parking. This gap is fundamentally unfair to those who take the bus or train to work. The policy is also harmful to the environment, traffic congestion, and the economy as it may encourage commuters to drive rather than use public transportation. Transportation for Massachusetts is proud to join Congressman McGovern in calling on Congress to act now and pass his legislation that would restore parity between parking and transit commuter benefits. As a society, we should be encouraging more use public transportation, not less.
Massachusetts Field Organizer for Transportation for America
and Organizer for Transportation for Massachusetts