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Hidden Fare Hike For Commuters: Congress Fails To Extend Tax Benefit For Train, Bus Riders

Drive your car; don’t take the train. That seems to be the message from Congress after it failed to extend a 5-year-old public transportation tax benefit.
Hidden Fare Hike For Commuters: Congress Fails To Extend Tax Benefit For Train, Bus Riders
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Via NJ.com:

Drive your car; don’t take the train.

That seems to be the message from Congress after it failed to extend a 5-year-old public transportation tax benefit establishing parity between commuters using mass transit and those paying to park in a garage.

Mass-transit commuters have been getting a benefit of $245 a month pre-tax, same as drivers who park in garages.

But in what amounts to a hidden fare hike for mass-transit riders, that pre-tax figure for commuters who use the train, ferry or van pool has been slashed to $130 monthly, while increasing to $250 for drivers who pay to park.

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