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Cost of transit commuting unpredictable for federal workers

When Dave Taylor decided to buy a new home in Aberdeen a couple of years ago, he made a quick calculation to determine the cost of his commute to Washington as a program specialist for the Department of Homeland Security. At the time, federal employees were eligible to receive a subsidy of about $250 a month to pay for public transit. He figured it would "just barely cover" his daily MARC trips between Aberdeen and Union Station. Last year, the subsidy was cut to $130 a month, leaving him an out-of-pocket expense of about $120 per month. His fiancee, who just started at the Justice Department, is paying the same amount. "Between the two of us," the 29-year-old said,...