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March 27, 2015

How Lawmakers Made Your Commute Worse

Eric Jaffe shows how lawmakers’ recent decision to break parity on subsidized commuter benefits hurts all commuters.

“The decision is terrible for both sides — transit riders obviously lose, but so do drivers, since the incentive for a single-occupancy commute will increase traffic … In fact the few brief years of benefit equality were the exception, not the rule:”

“Here’s why subsidized benefits, in particular, are so important.” There’s no incentive for employers to make up the shortfall:

“So if the goal is to relieve pressure from urban transportation networks, federal commuter-benefit policy is failing our cities. And network pressure is indeed at stake. Transit benefits can account for 5 to 25 percent of system ridership and 5 to 40 percent of revenue.”

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