The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Wheaton Mall:
Bus Riders to Subsidize Big Corporations

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.