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Today, thousands of Army employees in the National Capital Region take advantage of the Army Mass Transportation Benefit Program, which subsidizes employee commuting expenses.

Is it because walking to a bus or metro stop improves their heart, circulation and overall health? Is it because using mass transit improves our air quality?

The correct answer is the Department of Defense provides mass transportation benefits to offset commuting costs to its active-duty military members and employees, including nonappropriated-fund employees, to reduce pollution and traffic congestion, preserve the environment and expand transportation alternatives inside and outside the National Capital Region.

In the nine years since its inception, the program has expanded travel options, including commuter bus, commuter train, subway or light rail, and under special conditions, van pools and ferries.

The Mass Transportation Benefit Program is open to all civilian, military or NAF employees paid and employed by the Department of Defense.

You must meet the eligibility criteria and be permanently stationed and working in the National Capital Region.

Program participants are eligible for transit benefits up to $230 per month (parking fees are not included) for specific pre-approved commuter mass transit transportation costs, not to exceed actual expenses.

For more information about the Mass Transportation Benefit program and how to apply for benefits, call 301-677-5813.

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