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Law would allow transit benefits to apply to Uber, Lyft

Posted on July 12, 2016

Kevin McCoy
Kevin McCoy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bipartisan pair of lawmakers introduced new legislation that would allow federal workers to use their transit benefits on other transportation options, including Uber, Lyft and bike-rental programs, while Washington's Metrorail system undergoes a year-long repair effort, The Hill Reports.

The measure, backed by Reps. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), would only allow the subsidy to apply to alternative options while Metro undergoes its massive maintenance plan, known as SafeTrack, which began last month and is scheduled to end in March.

Metro officials have urged passengers to use alternative transit options or telework during the repair effort, which involves both single-tracking and shutting down sections of the railway. For the full story, click here.

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