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Stupid Transit Policy

November 15th, 2007 (12:41 pm)
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current mood: annoyed

There's a setup where your employer can take out $100 per month, pre-tax, to pay for mass transit—e.g., train passes. But, of course, a lot of us spend more than that; IIRC, my pass is $225/mo. So next year it's going up.

To $115.

Meanwhile, it turns out there's a similar plan for parking, which is going up from $190 to $220.

I find this really perverse: our policy to support mass transit is just half our policy to discourage it.



Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: November 15th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
Bird Brain

What level is the stupidity at? Federal, state, or company?

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: November 15th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)

Federal—although it's apparently mirrored by the states.

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: November 15th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Federal

Aha. That's sort of good, because you can write many letters and be a pest about it without souring your work environment.

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Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: November 16th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)

the parking lot that your employer is "supposed" to have.

Snort. In Cambridge, employer-provided parking is definitely not the norm. The best you can hope for is some kind of discount program. At my previous job, there was parking in the building, but we had such a small allotment of it that the waiting list was over 6 months long. (What was really annoying was that there were plenty of empty parking spaces, but they all belonged to Genzyme, which was the primary tenant.)

PS. Rockville Pike (3 lanes each way) was fubar for two hours last week, because someone forgot to bring his/her ID (of any type) to the Bethesda Naval Medical Center.

How did that block the road? Did it trigger some sort of security theater?

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Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: November 16th, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Security

The guards decided that this was an incident and closed the NNMC to all further traffic.

Because, of course, you can spot a terrorist by the fact that they didn't think to get a fake ID.

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