Apr 2, 2012
Bus riders in Montgomery County, Maryland, near D.C., will pay $2 for cash bus fares, up from $1.70. The County Executive also proposed to raise the rates for SmarTrip and monthly passes, carpool passes, and parking meters effective July 1.
Meanwhile, the proposed county budget gives Costco and a mall operator two million dollars to build a store at Wheaton Plaza. A hotel will get two million dollars to relocate its headquarters. Lockheed Martin will get a $900,000 tax break. These are only the latest in a string of 150 private projects that cost almost 25 million dollars in 15 years. Not to mention the land the county sold to a biotech company at a fraction of the price.
This is why working people on the bus and in car pools have to pay more for the right to sit in traffic.