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As a federal employee who commutes by bike, I'd rather see the government transit benefits just be the same AS IF I were riding Metro every day. As it is right now, it's assumed that on days when you don't ride your bike, you're driving a car, and you therefore don't technically qualify for transit benefits (unless, of course, you lie about it). There's always a rare day here and there when I don't ride my bike, and it would be nice to be able to have that subsidized.

Since you first blogged this three more senators have stepped up to the plate to co-sponsor this bill.

Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA]
Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME]
Sen. Olympia Snowe [R-ME]

Personally I would love to see a subsidy on par with what the motorists here at UMUC get. They complain about the ~$20/month parking but I don't think they have a clue as to how much the parking costs. The university doesn't offer a transit benefit that I am aware of but I think there are a fair few who would use Metro if the Purple line took the alignment the former university president was pushing for a couple years ago. When he announced the meeting at a "town hall" meeting he got a pretty good ovation.

Proof read d@mn it..."When he announced the meeting..." should read "When he annouced the alignment...".

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h109-807 Shows the House version having even more support than the Senate...

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