Every morning thousands of government employees in Washington D.C. get to their offices from across the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland, creating some of the nation’s worst commuter congestion.
D.C. traffic jams not only affect residents’ quality of life, they also cost taxpayers huge sums of money in wasted productivity. Metro’s continued challenges have made an already difficult situation worse.
To help fix the problem, a bipartisan group of legislators are leading the way to make it clear that commuting with Lyft will be part of the solution. Last week, Representatives Seth Moulton (D-MA), Will Hurd (R-TX), Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Mark Meadows (R-NC), and Cheri Bustos (D- IL) introduced the Government Travel Modernization Act, H.R. 5625, a bill that gives federal employees the ability to use Lyft while on official travel.
Additionally, Representatives Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) introduced H.R. 5647, a bill that would allow federal employees who receive metro benefits to be able to apply those same benefits to ridesharing services during the D.C. Metro's SafeTrack repair program.
Lyft and Lyft Line are working to improve D.C.’s congestion by offering commuters efficient, cost-effective ways to commute without putting additional cars on the road. Even though 40 percent of D.C. Lyft passengers use the platform to commute to and from work and 23 percent use it to connect to public transit, we know we’re only scratching the surface of what’s possible.
Giving commuters easy access to transportation options that remove vehicles from the road is a smart way to immediately improve the D.C. commute. We hope Congress and people all over the country will continue to embrace new consumer choices into the nation’s transportation ecosystem.