HUD Boosts Transit Subsidy for Employees

Good news for employees at the Housing and Urban Development Department.

Secretary Shaun Donovan announced yesterday that its employees will be eligible for the maximum transit subsidy of $230 per month, a significant jump from the current $120.

But we wonder if all agencies provide the new maximum. Does yours?

“This significant increase in the transit subsidy will help HUD employees in tough economic times and encouraging the use of mass transit will reduce congestion and pollution," Donovan said. "We are pleased to have so successfully worked with the union to implement the increase President Obama signed into law as part of the Recovery Act.”

The federal government provides subsidies to its employees to promote the use of mass transit. The subsidies are approximately equal to employee commuting costs, but do not exceed the maximum level allowed by law, which is now $230.

Eddie Eitches, president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 476, praised the increased benefit and said, “I appreciate Secretary Donovan’s efforts in partnering on this issue and expect to continue this collaboration not only to improve working conditions for HUD employees but further the critical mission of HUD.”

What the transit subsidy level is in your agency?

Are you getting the full amount?


By Eric Pianin  |  May 7, 2009; 11:20 AM ET
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