Via the Transport Politic, the New York Times reports (scroll all the way down to “$192 million”) that the maximum employer tax deduction for transit benefits is being increased from $120 to $230 a month, which happens to be the current level of benefit for employers when providing parking.
Locally, you have to buy a $3.50 PugetPass to come up with $120 in expenses, so it should only really matter for some Sounder commuters. Still, it’s a nice and inexpensive encouragement for employer incentive programs. It also serves as a reminder of just one more hidden subsidy for drivers who are tired of having to subsidize other peoples’ transportation.
This was the key provision of Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s HR 6495 last year, and it’s good to see it slip into the stimulus.