Parking Cash-Out Creates a Level Playing Field for Commuters

Many employers offer subsidized parking to automobile commuters but no comparable benefits to those who walk, bicycle, or use public transit. A Washington, D.C. proposal would help correct this inequity.

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March 4, 2020, 10:00 AM PST

By Todd Litman


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David Alpert and Susan Balding write:

DC has the highest percentage of commuters who use non-auto mobiles. However, employer benefits are set up to give the biggest reward to people who drive, by subsidizing parking. This means more traffic and longer commutes.

A Washington DC Council bill, the Transportation Benefits Equity Act, could give employees the chance to trade in their parking space for extra cash and encourage drivers to explore other commuting options. After winning unanimous approval in committee, the bill will have the first of two votes in the full Council on March 3. 

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