Annapolis to promote walking, biking, carpooling to work

October 17, 2003|By Jason Song | Jason Song,SUN STAFF

Annapolis city officials said yesterday that they will begin promoting programs that provide tax breaks and financial incentives to business owners and commuters if they walk, ride their bikes or carpool to work.

The money for the antipollution program, "Clean Commute Annapolis," will come from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, which did not reveal the amount of the two-year grant.

City employees will meet with business owners to brief them on ways they can qualify for programs that will give cash subsidies to employees who give up their parking spaces, grant tax breaks for encouraging carpooling or provide taxi rides home for workers.

Environmentalists said "Clean Commute Annapolis" should increase the number of public transportation trips in the city, now about 1.3 million a year, and cut down on pollution that runs into the bay.

The bay is "still in deep, deep trouble," said William C. Baker, the foundation president. "Our goal is to increase choices to employers and keep the bay clean."

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