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Proposal Would Give DC Residents Free Metro Rides

D.C. residents would receive up to $100 every month for Metro rail and bus service

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Can you imagine not having to pay for your Metro ride? A D.C. Council member says he wants to make that a reality for the District's residents.

Council Member Charles Allen tells News4, he plans to introduce legislation on Tuesday that would allow D.C. residents to receive up to $100 every month to pay for public transit.

Residents would sign up for a monthly benefit, under a draft version of Allen's plan. The money would go on residents' SmarTrip cards and any extra money wouldn't roll over from month to month.

The program would be paid for through surplus taxes that the city has been collecting. That tax surplus is expected to continue for a number of years, according to Allen's office.

There are questions about how a program like this would work. Other cities have tried and failed to implement similar programs.

News4 is waiting for comment from Metro.

The Washington Post was first to report Allen's proposal.

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