APTA Advocates to Equalize Transit and Parking Benefits

APTA will participate in the “Commuter Benefits Work for Us Coalition” Hill Day on Sept. 10 in an effort to encourage Congress to enact legislation to ensure parity between the public transit and parking portions of the commuter benefit.

The commuter benefit was renewed on Jan. 1 with the signing of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which restored the maximum monthly excludable amount of the public transit portion of the benefit to the same level as the one for parking—$245 per month. The monthly public transit benefit will revert to $125 on Jan. 1, 2014, unless Congress enacts new legislation to make the increase permanent or extend it.

APTA and other coalition members will meet with members of Congress and staffers, urging them to support public transit benefits. The day-long event will end with a bipartisan press conference during which some members of Congress will speak on the importance of quickly passing legislation to permanently equalize transit and parking benefits for commuters.

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