The Democrat-led Washington, D.C., City Council is again trying to pass a measure that will give every resident $100 a month to ride the city’s municipal bus and rails system.
The measure, if passed, would put a recurring $100 balance on a resident’s fare card and make a $10 million annual investment in improving municipal bus service and infrastructure in the nation’s capital, according to the blog site PoPville.com.
“No matter how you slice it, an extra $100 a month saved on transportation would help a lot of D.C. residents and it would be a great boost to our [transit] system at a time when it needs to recover,” said Democrat Council member Charles Allen, the bill’s sponsor, who also says the plan will not require a tax increase.
The overall cost of the plan is projected at about $100 million, according to the news website DCist.
The site reports the measure is still a work in process, with such compelling details as “how the money is doled out” still to be be resolved.
Eight of the city council’s 14 members appear to support the measure.