Government Reform Committee Clears ‘Transit Benefit Modernization’
September 13, 2016
The House Government Reform Committee is cleared the ‘Transit Benefit Modernization ACT’, legislation that would make it easier for Federal employees to use mobility on demand options commuting. While ACT is supportive of the concept in general, it is on record opposing several provisisions of the legislation. The legislation now must clear the House Ways & Means Committee before it moves to the full House. Passage through that Committee seems unlikely at this point.
H. R. 5647 (Meadows/Connolly) — This would extend the commuter benefit to mobility on demand services for Federal employees in the Washington Metro region. This legislation is aimed at providing Federal employees an option while WMATA is engaged in its SafeTrack program. SafeTrack is WMATA’s attempt to correct a significant number of safety issues within its light rail system. The project is forcing travel disruptions and causing delays. While ACT is generally supportive of including mobility on demand into the playbook of transportation options. This legislation includes a significant number of flaws, first and foremost, a requirement that Federal employees must forgo receiving transit benefits if they receive ‘mobility on demand’ benefits.