It's another nightmare scenario for the HR department in 2014: explaining to users of public transportation why they're suddenly getting a much smaller subsidy than those who drive to work.

Then again, a white knight in Congress, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., just may succeed in restoring equity to the bus/car equation.

As things now stand, the transit subsidy of up to $245 a month is set to be slashed to $130 a month on Jan. 1. On the same date, the parking subsidy will increase from $245 to $250.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.