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During Metro Repairs, Lawmakers Move to Allow Transit Benefits to be Used for Ridesharing

Last week, Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Mark Meadows (R-NC) introduced legislation to allow federal employees to use their transit benefits toward ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft.

“The ridesharing economy offers a unique and flexible alternative until full Metro service is restored and should be an option for our federal workforce as they maintain a continuity of operations for the federal government,” said Connolly.

Agencies have taken a number of measures in an attempt to ease the burden of limited metro service, including increased use of telework and parking permits. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has also developed an interagency work group through the Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) Council to study the impact on D.C.-area agencies and to issue additional guidance on how to ensure productivity for federal workers during this extended period of repairs.

Unfortunately, delays are inevitable during this time, which Meadows addressed.

“During a time when WMATA is getting its house in order, federal commuters have been frustrated at their lack of options for getting in to work,” Meadows said. “Many of the frequent, random delays on the Metro have caused some federal workers to arrive late, miss meetings, or lose out on valuable work time. This bill will allow federal workers to expand their commuting options and not require them to depend on a sole, unreliable form of transportation.”

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Tags: OPM, commuter benefits, Connolly, wmata, metro, ride sharing

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