“On behalf of the millions of Americans who ride public transportation, I applaud the Congress on passage of two critical provisions that advance public transportation that are included in the tax bill that was approved today.
The extension of the public transit commuter tax benefit and the alternative fuels/natural gas tax credit through 2011 is very welcome news during these challenging economic times for Americans who ride public transportation 35 million times a day and the public transit systems that serve them.
I would particularly like to recognize the leadership of Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), who chaired the Finance Committee as well as Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY),
Thomas Carper (D-DE), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Scott Brown (R-MA) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) in advocating for the commuter tax benefit.
The commuter tax benefit will remain at $230 a month for public transit and vanpool users, keeping it equal to the parking benefit. The extension of the federal excise tax credit for alternative fuels, including natural gas, is retroactive to January 1, 2010 when it expired.”
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