Embrace the Beltway: D.C. Offers Residents $12,000 to Move Closer to Work

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A Metro train rolls into the McPherson Square station 08 in Washington, DC.

As part of a government effort to reduce traffic and pollution, Washington residents could be paid $12,000 to make their daily commute shorter.

The D.C. Office of Planning (OP) Live Near Your Work pilot program offers to match employer grants of up to $6000 per person for down payments and closing cost assistance to individuals. In order to be eligible for a grant, residents must live within half a mile of a Metro station or within a 1/4 mile of a high quality bus corridor (established by the OP based on ridership, service frequency, number of stops, and number of bus routes). Those who want maximum subsidization must move within 2 miles of their office.

(More on TIME.com: See TIME’s special report on intelligent cities)

The city has up to $200,000 total to administer during the program’s first phase, leading to criticism that the project may not be scalable because that budget only allows for a maximum of 60 residents to receive funds. Although granted, this is just a trial period. Still, some suggest that re-zoning and improving public transit may be a better and more cost-effective way to address the issue of pollution and make the city more liveable.

(More on TIME.com: Watch a video on mass transit in Los Angeles)

10 comments
GregPatnude
GregPatnude

Great... She's having another democrat... just what the world needs... [sic]


Seeing as how it takes one, I wonder if the "Village" is going to raise her kid for her...

ahandout
ahandout

Good gawd this is it?  News is reduced to announcements of Hillary's daughter's baby complete with tweets from both grandparents.  It's like a perpetual high school yearbook signing.  Don't ever change!  See you in the summer! 

yogi
yogi

Thanks Obamacare! oh wait, wrong post.

manlyman
manlyman

Does anybody freakin care?

JayWingert
JayWingert

Congrats to Chelsea and Marc.  And this is exactly why I've been saying for two years that Hillary will not run for Prez in 2016.  She'll want to be a Grandma

Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

It's your sneering at the announcement that makes me think of high school.

ahandout
ahandout

@JayWingert    OH LOL.  Hillary would throw her own grandchild under the bus to grab the ring of power.

mscen221
mscen221

@JayWingert  


Why can't she do both?   She is NOT the one who is pregnant.   Either way, a big congratulations to Chelsea, her husband, and Bill (can't imagine him being a grandpa) and Hillary.


Any how, ANYONE BUT A REPUBLICAN!